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Rio Grande Joint Venture Strategic Plan Coming soon!

Rio Grande Joint Venture Communications Plan Coming soon!


Chihuahuan Desert Grassland Bird Conservation Plan

This plan uses data collected by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (formerly known as Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory) during their winter grassland bird surveys and shows the patterns of distribution, habitat preference, and abundance for five priority grassland birds in the Chihuahuan Desert.

RGJV Priority Bird List – Chihuahuan Desert
RGJV Priority Bird List – Tamaulipan Brushlands and Gulf Coastal Prairie (Mexico)


The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA)

The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) provides federal funds specifically to “conserve North American wetland ecosystems and waterfowl and the other migratory birds and fish and wildlife that depend on such habitats.” NAWCA and matching funds may only be used for wetlands acquisition, creation, enhancement, and/or restoration. Proposals require at least a 50/50 non-federal match.

The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act

The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (Act) establishes a matching grants program to fund projects in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean that promote the conservation of migratory birds. Funded projects will perpetuate healthy populations of neotropical migratory birds; assist in the conservation of these birds by supporting conservation initiatives in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and provide financial resources and foster international cooperation for those initiatives. For every $1 received in grant funds, the applicant must commit $3 in partner funds.



International, National, and Regional Bird Conservation Plans

Bird conservation initiatives and plans have been developed for many bird groups at multiple scales. The Rio Grande Joint Venture is working on delivering habitat objectives consistent with these international, continental and regional plans. International and continental plans are followed by any regional step-down plans and working groups in the Rio Grande Joint Venture area. More coming soon!

Reddish Egret Conservation Action Plan

To create the Reddish Egret Conservation Action Plan, the Working Group used the “Open Standards Approach for Conservation Measures” framework, which involved creating a range-wide conceptual conservation model for this species that highlights and ranks the greatest threats to maintaining population stability and expanding the population, explores the underlying causes of those threats, and identifies strategies to address them.



Birds of North America Online

The Birds of North America is only the fourth comprehensive reference covering the life histories of North American birds. This site lets you access accounts for 716 species found in North America.

Migratory Bird Data Center

The Migratory Bird Data Center Web site provides access to bird population and habitat information relevant to population management, conservation planning, and evaluation.

Partners In Flight Databases

These databases were developed from the voluntary collaboration of more than one hundred ornithological experts to provide a standardized and transparent system that allows the comparison of conservation status and population estimates at multiple geographic scales for North American landbirds.

USFWS Birds of Conservation Concern

This report identifies the migratory and nonmigratory bird species that represent our highest conservation priorities and draw attention to species in need of conservation action. The geographic scope of this endeavor is the United States in its entirety, including island “territories” in the Pacific and Caribbean.



National Migratory Bird Joint Ventures Website

Migratory Bird Joint Ventures are cooperative, regional partnerships that work to conserve habitat for the benefit of birds, other wildlife, and people. There are twenty-two habitat-based Joint Ventures, each addressing the bird habitat conservation issues found within their geographic area. In addition, three species-based Joint Ventures, all with an international scope, work to further the scientific understanding needed to effectively manage populations of specific bird species

North American Bird Conservation Initiative

The North American Bird Conservation Initiative is a coalition of government agencies, private organizations, academic institutions, and private industry leaders in Canada, the United States, and Mexico working to achieve integrated bird conservation that will benefit all birds in all habitats.

American Oystercatcher Working Group

The American Oystercatcher Working Group seeks to develop, support, and implement rangewide research and management efforts that promote the conservation of American Oystercatchers and their habitats through individual and partnership-based initiatives.

Reddish Egret Working Group

The Reddish Egret Working Group seeks to develop, support, and implement rangewide research and management efforts that promote the conservation of Reddish Egret and their habitats through individual and partnership-based initiatives guided by recommendations of the Working Group’s membership.



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