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Title: The South Atlantic Migratory Bird Initiative – An Integrated Approach to Conservation of "All Birds Across All Habitats"

Author: Watson, Craig; Hayes, Chuck; McCauley, Joseph; Milliken, Andrew;

Date: 2005

Source: In: Ralph, C. John; Rich, Terrell D., editors 2005. Bird Conservation Implementation and Integration in the Americas: Proceedings of the Third International Partners in Flight Conference. 2002 March 20-24; Asilomar, California, Volume 1 Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-191. Albany, CA: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station: p. 266-276

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

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Description: In 1999, the Management Board of the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture (ACJV) embraced the vision and framework of the then newly emerging North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI). Traditionally a Joint Venture focused on the conservation of waterfowl and wetlands habitat, the ACJV expanded its role throughout the Atlantic Flyway to all resident and migratory birds. As a first step, the ACJV launched the South Atlantic Migratory Bird Initiative (SAMBI) in the Southeastern Coastal Plain Bird Conservation Region. Biologists, land managers, and planners, representing non-governmental organizations, state and federal agencies, and private interests from five states (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia) assembled to begin the process of developing a regionally based biological plan, integrating the objectives of four major bird conservation initiatives: the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, United States Shorebird Conservation Plan, North American Waterbird Conservation Plan, and Partners in Flight. The primary objectives were to develop population and habitat goals for priority species, delineate "all bird" focus areas, develop a long-term framework for bird conservation in the Southeastern Coastal Plain, and develop and seek funding for "all bird" projects. This effort has been tremendously successful, receiving nearly $18 million dollars for sixty projects within the ACJV for "all bird" conservation over the period from March 2000 to June 2003. Many of these projects focused on the conservation of waterfowl and wetland-dependent species, as well as landbirds, a very non-traditional approach by a waterfowl Joint Venture. These projects benefited a wide variety of other bird species, affected a variety of land ownerships, and stimulated additional conservation partnerships throughout the South Atlantic Region. Because of the success of SAMBI, it serves as a model for "all bird" conservation.

Keywords: conservation implementation, north Pacific coast, Oregon, priority activities, shorebirds, Washington

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Watson, Craig; Hayes, Chuck; McCauley, Joseph; Milliken, Andrew 2005. The South Atlantic Migratory Bird Initiative – An Integrated Approach to Conservation of "All Birds Across All Habitats". In: Ralph, C. John; Rich, Terrell D., editors 2005. Bird Conservation Implementation and Integration in the Americas: Proceedings of the Third International Partners in Flight Conference. 2002 March 20-24; Asilomar, California, Volume 1 Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-191. Albany, CA: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station: p. 266-276

 


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