Bird Conservation Regions
Strategy and Action Plan
Key Action Items
NABCI Puebla Meeting
The Great Lakes
Bird Studies Canada
The past few years have seen significant progress in the bird
conservation community. The North American Waterfowl Management Plan is maturing as a
model of successful conservation. Partners In Flight is making huge impact on landbird
conservation in the United States and is beginning to gain significant ground in Canada.
The Strategy for the Conservation of birds in Mexico is off to a dynamic start. Shorebird
Conservation Plans are under development in the United States and Canada, and efforts have
begun to plan for comprehensive protection for colonial waterbirds. The goal of the North
American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) is to cause the combined effectiveness of
these separate programs to far exceed the total of their parts.
In November 1998, nearly 120 leading conservationists from Mexico, the
United States and Canada met to launch the initiative in November 1998 in Puebla, Mexico.
Through their work in Puebla and thereafter, a strategy for the conservation of North
American birds was developed. This strategy and a proposal for a 3-year work plan for
the Commission for Environmental Cooperation in support of NABCI will be presented for
approval to Ministers of the governments of Canada, the United States and Mexico in Banff
Alberta, in June.
The work plan calls for the development of National Steering Committees,
the hiring of national coordinators, and tri-national coordination of the North American
Bird Conservation Initiative. In Canada, an interim national steering committee has been
established and made recommendations for the formation of a permanent NABCI steering
committee. These recommendations will be considered by wildlife directors from across
Canada, at their August 1999 annual meeting.