Continental Priorities and Objectives
To foster proactive conservation, the Plan identifies 86 species of highest continental conservation concern on its Watch List and an additional 24 species as Common Birds in Steep Decline. The two most pervasive threats to landbirds in the U.S. and Canada are habitat loss due to urbanization and habitat degradation due to changing forest conditions. Maintaining abundance is fundamental for healthy habitats and functioning ecosystems. To support this mission, PIF assigns stewardship responsibility to geographic areas that have a high proportion of the global population or range of a species.
New Opportunities for Regional Implementation
Effective bird conservation is best delivered by regional and self-directed partnerships, such as the Migratory Bird Joint Ventures, that combine national expertise with people who know best how local natural and human communities will respond to conservation efforts. The Landbird Conservation Plan features profiles of each Migratory Bird Joint Venture in the U.S. and Habitat Joint Ventures and Bird Conservation Regions in Canada to provide both existing success stories and the necessary next steps for moving forward to reverse bird population declines.
Full Life-Cycle Bird Conservation
Migratory birds often depend on multiple habitats and countries throughout their annual cycle. Successful conservation strategies therefore require new knowledge of population limiting factors and connections, as well as greatly expanded international cooperation and support. This plan uses eBird data to present new metrics of abundance and area importance for Watch List species during the nonbreeding season.