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Flagship Species Initiative

To achieve our mission, we are focusing our conservation efforts primarily on coastal marsh habitat and three species that depend on this habitat.

Black Duck

An indicator species for low marsh habitat, it's imperative for coastal states to work together toward conservation.

Black Rail

A highly secretive and poorly understood species, rail populations are plummeting.

Saltmarsh Sparrow

Found only in the ACJV, this species has lost ~80% of its population in just the last 15 years,

Where We Work

The ACJV area encompasses very diverse ecosystems and habitats, from the boreal forests and rocky coastlines of Maine south to the tropical mangrove swamps and coral reefs of Florida and Puerto Rico, and from the rugged forested peaks of the Appalachian Mountains east to the low-lying Atlantic Coastal Plain with its many coastal rivers, bays. We work with partners to restore and sustain native bird populations and habitats throughout the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture region. Our efforts are focused on the conservation of coastal marshes, to protect, restore, and enhance habitat for high-priority birds.

News and Events

Saltmarsh Conservation Business Plan Update

At the 2014 Northeast & Southeast Partners in Flight meeting in Virginia Beach, a group of partners from the Atlantic and Gulf coast began to develop a conservation business plan (CBP) for tidal marsh birds.  Led by the researchers involved in the Saltmarsh Habitat Avian Research Program (SHARP), a draft [...]

Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program Helps Advance ACJV Agenda

Last summer, for the third year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the Student Conservation Association (SCA), offered 59 fellowship opportunities nationwide, to students enrolled or accepted in undergraduate or graduate degree programs, for its Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP).  The DFP is an 11-week summer [...]

Conservation in Action

Atlantic Flyway Shorebird Conservation Initiative

The business strategy approach emphasizes the involvement of scientists, advocates, funders and other practitioners all working together for prioritized, on-the-ground actions that move toward specific, measurable outcomes.

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