|Black-necked Stilt. Photo © Stuart Mackay.|
In the Central Valley, the primary partnership for wetland and other habitat conservation is the Central Valley Habitat Joint Venture. CVHJV partners are investing millions of dollars in wetlands conservation projects on public and private lands to restore waterfowl populations. PRBO provides technical expertise, emphasizing broader conservation objectives that maximize habitat value for all wetland dependent birds, starting with shorebirds.
PRBO formed and chairs the Central Valley Shorebird Working Group that functions as a technical subcommittee of the CVHJV. It currently is helping update the JV's Implementation Strategy with shorebird objectives and conservation strategies.
From the Shorebird Plan*
A sampling of actions for managed wetlands of the Central Valley to benefit shorebirds.
Essential to improved conservation is assessing whether our efforts are actually helping bird populations. For the first time in California, the CVHJV will evaluate major federal and state habitat conservation programs for private lands, for how well they support migratory and resident bird populations. PRBO will carry out this work beginning in April 2004.
We have made substantial progress integrating conservation needs of not only shorebirds but also landbirds into the CVHJV's goals and strategies. This productive relationship holds very encouraging opportunities to benefit all bird species and their habitats in the Central Valley.
|American Avocet. Photo © Stuart Mackay.|
On a personal note, through my work in the Central Valley I have developed some of my most rewarding professional relationships. I admire the commitment of our partners to use science in guiding their conservation efforts, the value they place on partnerships, and their dedication to the resource. They are truly the heart of wetlands conservation in California.
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*The Central Valley is within the Southern Pacific Shorebird Region, one of 11 planning regions of the U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan. PRBO, with many collaborators, authored the Southern Pacific Shorebird Conservation Plan (see sidebar) and hosts the first full-time, multi-year position devoted to conservation within a U.S. shorebird planning region.