Many bird species are migratory, and birds are not restricted by political boundaries. To effectively conserve migratory species, it is critical to work across geopolitical borders to ensure that birds are protected wherever they occur throughout the year. The US, Mexico, and Canada each have an independent Committee of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, and these three Committees work together to increase cooperation and effectiveness of bird conservation efforts among the three countries. Read more about the NABCI Declaration of Intent signed in 2005 by the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States, and learn about a decade of NABCI success both internationally and within the US.
North American Products and Legislation
- Draft Hemispheric Vision for Bird Conservation (December 2016)
- State of North America’s Birds (2016)
- Partners in Flight 2016 Landbird Conservation Plan
- North American Wetlands Conservation Act
- Migratory Bird Treaty(US/Canada)
- Bird Conservation Regions – Members from the three NABCI Committees collaborated to identify Bird Conservation Regions (BCRs), ecologically distinct regions in North America with similar bird communities, habitats, and resource management issues. These maps are meant to facilitate a regional approach to bird conservation.
Several of NABCI’s partners have programs that extend beyond US borders within North America, such as Ducks Unlimited’s programs in Canada and Mexico and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies’ Mexican initiatives.
Western Hemisphere Partnerships, Programs, and Funds
- Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act
- Wings Across the Americas, U.S. Forest Service International Programs
- Southern Wings, A partnership of State Wildlife Agencies conserving state priority birds on their wintering grounds in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean
- BirdLife Americas, a global partnership of NGOs working with people to sustainably use natural resources with the goal of conserving birds and their habitats
- National Audubon Society International Alliances Program
- American Bird Conservancy International Program