Flagship Species Initiative

Focused Conservation: A Note from ACJV Coordinator, Aimee Weldon As a Joint Venture, our goal is to move the needle on bird conservation through the work of our partnership. The ACJV is large – spanning the 17 states and territories from Maine to Puerto Rico – and the list of birds and habitats in need [...]

By |March 1st, 2017|Initiatives|

Advancing Black Rail Conservation Along the Atlantic Coast

Black Rail. Brian Tang The Black Rail (BLRA) is a highly secretive marsh bird believed by researchers to be one of the most endangered birds along the Atlantic Coast. The species once occupied coastal areas from Texas to Massachusetts but has experienced steep annual declines across their breeding range since the 1990s. Conservative [...]

By |March 1st, 2017|Initiatives, Species|

Coordinated Conservation for Saltmarsh Sparrow

  Setting a Population Objective for Saltmarsh Sparrow Drives Coordinated Conservation For each of our flagship species, we aim to create population objectives tied to habitat objectives. Having such objectives makes it easier for partners to understand their piece of the conservation equation and to coordinate efforts and measure success against a common goal. In [...]

By |March 1st, 2017|Initiatives, Species|

Saltmarsh Habitat & Avian Research Program Update

  Did you know that the only endemic breeding bird species (i.e., found nowhere else on earth!) in the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture has declined by 9% per year for more than a decade?  Find out more about the plight of Saltmarsh Sparrow and other tidal marsh birds by checking out the archived version of [...]

By |July 11th, 2016|Initiatives|

Black Duck Conservation Tools

Chesapeake Bay Partners Develop Decision-Support Tool For Black Duck Conservation With a $45,000 grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and support from the ACJV and Black Duck Joint Ventures (BDJV), partners are nearing completion of a black duck decision-support tool (DST) that will help conservation practitioners target the highest priority black duck habitats for restoration [...]

By |June 1st, 2016|Initiatives|

Bird Conservation Region Planning Updates – Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands (BCR 69) and Peninsular Florida (BCR 31)

Bird conservation partners in the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture (ACJV) are now closer to having a full complement of Bird Conservation Region (BCR) Plans that cover our entire geographic area. Currently, BCR plans exist for the Atlantic Northern Forest (14), Lower Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Plain (13), New England/Mid-Atlantic Coast (30), Piedmont (29), and the eastern [...]

By |November 19th, 2015|Initiatives|

South Carolina Bobwhite Initiative Takes Flight

Flight. Photo courtesy of SCBI For decades, South Carolina was a homestead for vibrant populations of bobwhite quail. Most baby boomers remember hearing the telltale whistle in rural patches of land and seeing coveys flush from roadsides and fence rows on every outing. Changes in land use, however, diminished these once healthy populations [...]

By |November 19th, 2015|Initiatives, Research|

New Bird Education Curriculum: Birds Without Borders

Birds, education, and cutting edge technology come together in the new book, “Birds Without Borders: Investigating Populations, Habitats and Conservation of Birds in the U.S. and Abroad.” “’Birds Without Borders’ provides core content knowledge on how ecosystems function and why birds matter,” says Joseph Kerski, education manager for Esri. “The book also provides practical lesson [...]

By |July 29th, 2015|Initiatives|

Integrated Waterbird Management & Monitoring Has News!

Reddish Egret The Integrated Waterbird Management & Monitoring (IWMM) is a landscape level conservation program that aims to enable managers and decision-makers to ensure that nonbreeding waterbirds have the right habitat, in the right place, at the right time. IWMM is transitioning to a new monitoring protocol and a centralized, online database for [...]

By |July 29th, 2015|Initiatives|

Giant Leap Forward for Nonbreeding Waterbird Conservation

Lesser Yellowlegs Soon summer will give way to fall and waterbirds will depart their breeding areas enroute to their wintering grounds. Collectively, waterfowl, shorebirds and long-legged wading birds (i.e. waterbirds) will depend on various wetland habitats to rest and feed to fuel their migration to and from wintering areas. Numerous state, federal and [...]

By |July 29th, 2015|Initiatives|