Joint Venture Timeline

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May 1986

NAWMP signed

The North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), signed by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior and the Canadian Minister of the Environment, calls for the establishment of Migratory Bird Joint Ventures.

June 1986

Arctic Goose JV established

The Arctic Goose Joint Venture furthers the scientific understanding and management of North America's geese.

May 1987

Lower Mississippi Valley JV established

The Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture works to sustain bird populations and their habitats within the Lower Mississippi Valley and West Gulf Coastal Plain regions.

July 1987

Prairie Pothole JV established

The Prairie Pothole Joint Venture restores and enhances high priority habitat to help sustain populations of waterfowl, shorebirds, waterbirds, and prairie landbirds.

May 1988

Atlantic Coast JV established

The Atlantic Coast Joint Venture conserves habitat for native birds in the Atlantic Flyway of the United States from Maine south to Puerto Rico.

July 1988

Central Valley JV established

The Central Valley Joint Venture conserves the migratory birds and habitats of California's Central Valley for the benefit of wildlife and the public.

August 1988

Gulf Coast JV established

The Gulf Coast Joint Venture is a bird habitat conservation partnership that spans the coastal portions of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.

September 1988

NAWCA passed

The North American Wetlands Conservation Act provides grants  to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the US, Canada, and Mexico for the benefit of wetlands-associated migratory birds and other wildlife.

January 1989

Black Duck JV established

The Black Duck Joint Venture is a partnership-based conservation program consisting of member agencies and organizations with responsibility for or interest in the conservation and management of black ducks and other species that share its [...]

February 1989

Playa Lakes JV established

The Playa Lakes Joint Venture is dedicated to the conservation of the playas, prairies, and landscapes of the western Great Plains through partnerships for the benefit of birds, other wildlife, and people.

January 1990

PIF launched

Partners in Flight launches as a cooperative effort to support landbird conservation in the western hemisphere.

January 1991

Pacific Coast JV established

The Pacific Coast Joint Venture strives to unite the Pacific region for bird habitat conservation to ensure wild birds thrive in abundant and diverse habitats.

January 1992

Rainwater Basin JV established

The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture works to provide habitat for millions of migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wildlife across Nebraska's mixed-grass prairies.

January 1993

Upper Miss/Great Lakes JV established

The Upper Mississippi River & Great Lakes Region Joint Venture strives for sustainable populations of all birds through conservation action based on the best scientific information and techniques available.

January 1994

Mexico signs the NAWMP

Mexico becomes a signatory on the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, making it a truly trinational effort.

February 1994

Intermountain West JV established

The Intermountain West Joint Venture works to conserve priority bird habitats through partnership-driven, science-based projects and programs.

January 1996

San Francisco Bay JV established

The San Francisco Bay Joint Venture forms as a partnership working to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands for the benefit of wildlife and people in the Bay Area of California.

January 1998

NAWMP update published

The newly updated North American Waterfowl Conservation Plan helps inspire common ground among bird conservation initiatives.

January 1999

First U.S. NABCI meeting held

The U.S. North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) held its first meeting. Started in 1999, the U.S. North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) Committee is a coalition of government agencies, private organizations, and bird initiatives [...]

February 1999

JVs become all-bird

Joint Ventures begin to integrate birds beyond waterfowl into their conservation focus.

Sonoran JV established

The Sonoran Joint Venture forms as the first binational JV with Mexico, working to conserve the unique birds and habitats of the southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico.

March 1999

BCRs established

Bird Conservation Regions defined and approved by the NABCI Committee.

April 1999

Sea Duck JV established

The Sea Duck Joint Venture promotes the conservation of North American sea ducks by providing greater knowledge and understanding to improve management efforts.

January 2000

July 2000

Neotrop Act passes

The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act passed by Congress to perpetuate healthy populations of Neotropical migratory birds and assist in their conservation by supporting efforts in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

August 2000

Central Hardwoods JV established

The Central Hardwoods Joint Venture works to ensure the long-term viability of native bird populations across the central hardwoods bird conservation region.

January 2002

Waterbird Plan published

The North American Waterbird Conservation Plan provides an overarching continental framework and guide for conserving waterbirds.

January 2004

NAWMP update published

The North American Waterfowl Management Plan Update calls for strengthening biological foundations of Joint Venture' scientific capacity.

March 2004

August 2005

March 2006

April 2006

June 2006

Rio Grande JV established

The Rio Grande Joint Venture becomes the second binational JV with Mexico, focusing on the conservation of the birds and habitats of the Chihuahuan Desert and Tamaulipan Brushlands in Texas and Mexico.

February 2007

March 2008

Appalachian Mountains JV established

The Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture works to ensure the long-term sustainability of native bird populations that breed in the Appalachian Mountains.

May 2008

Oaks and Prairies JV established

The Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture plans for and facilitates bird habitat conservation, research, and outreach to ensure sustainable bird populations in Oklahoma and Texas.

March 2009

May 2010

Saving Our Shared Birds published

Partners in Flight publishes Saving Our Shared Birds, a comprehensive trinational assessment of the state of North America's birds and recommendations for conservation action.

May 2011

Third State of the Birds Report published

The 2011 State of the Birds Report provides the United States' first assessment of the distribution of birds on public lands and helps public agencies identify which species have significant potential for conservation.

March 2012

October 2012

NAWMP revision completed

The latest Revision to the North American Waterfowl Management Plan focuses on human dimensions of waterfowl conservation.

March 2013

H.R. 1137 introduced

Congressman Ron Kind (D-Wisconsin) introduces  H.R. 1137: Joint Ventures for Bird Habitat Conservation Act of 2013.