Science

Strategic Habitat Conservation

shc-graphicJoint Ventures use strategic habitat conservation (SHC) as our adaptive, science-based approach to conservation. Science includes the biological and ecological aspects of birds and their habitat requirements at multiple spatial scales, as well as the social science that is the foundation for the human dimensions aspect of conservation.

SHC is built on five main components:

  1. biological planning – working with partners to establish shared conservation targets and measurable biological objectives, and identifying limiting factors affecting our shared conservation targets;
  2. conservation design – creating tools that allow us to direct conservation actions to most effectively contribute to measurable biological outcomes,
  3. conservation delivery – working collaboratively with a broad range of partners to create and carry out conservation strategies with value at multiple spatial scales, and
  4. outcome-based monitoring – evaluating the effectiveness of conservation actions in reaching biological outcomes to then adapt future conservation planning and delivery and
  5. assumption-driven research – testing assumptions made during biological planning to refine future plans and actions. Both monitoring and research help us learn from our decisions and activities to improve them over time.

Learn more about how the Joint Ventures use science to achieve bird habitat conservation.

Bird Conservation Plans/Initiatives

Joint Ventures in Action

A Crowdsourcing Approach To Aerial Photo Survey Analysis Of North America’s Waterbirds

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (FWS) Migratory Bird Program is currently developing ProjectFlockTogether: an online crowdsourcing platform that will [...]

Citizen Science Benefits Bird Conservation

Across the globe, citizen scientists are informing bird conservation by reporting on their local birds. The information sheds light on [...]

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 [...]