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About Joint Ventures

There are 18 habitat Joint Ventures nationally, with an additional 3 species Joint Ventures and 4 more habitat JVs in Canada.

Joint Ventures were originally established to address the need for conservation of waterfowl and wetlands under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and have since broadened their focus to include habitats for all birds, consistent with major national and continental bird conservation plans and the North American Bird Conservation Initiative.

Through biologically-based actions, Joint Ventures work to ensure the existence of the diverse habitats necessary to sustain migratory bird populations for the benefit of those species, resident wildlife and the public. These actions may include:

  • biological planning, conservation design, and prioritization,
  • project development and implementation,
  • monitoring, evaluation, and applied research activities,
  • communications and outreach,
  • funding support for projects and activities

Since 1986, nationally, JVs have leveraged every dollar of Congressional funds 36:1 to help conserve 20.5 million acres of essential habitat. Joint Ventures cross the divide between idealogical boundaries, receiving broad support and working directly with over 5700 partners from governments to private citizens and everything in between.

Here in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture seeks to protect, restore, increase and enhance all types of wetlands, riparian habitat and associated uplands throughout the nine Bay Area counties for the benefit of birds, fish and other wildlife.

North American Habitat Joint Ventures

North American Habitat Joint Ventures Map

Click on regions above to explore the Joint Venture network

Central Valley Habitat San Francisco Bay Sonoran Rio Grande Valley Pacific Coast Intermountain West Northern Great Plains Prairie Pothole Rainwater Basin Playa Lakes Gulf Coast Oaks and Prairies Lower Mississippi Valley East Gulf Coastal Plain Atlantic Coast Appalaichian Mountains Central Hardwoods Central Hardwoods Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Pacific Coast