Since the early 1900s, states have managed programs to protect and enhance populations of waterfowl and upland game birds and the habitats upon which they depend. In recent years, state fish and wildlife agencies have broadened their efforts to include conservation projects that benefit songbirds, shorebirds, raptors, and other taxonomic groups.
Working through the Association and bird conservation partnerships, state and provincial agencies advocate an "all-bird" or integrated approach to conservation. Integrated bird conservation demands an unprecedented level of communication and coordination among state and federal wildlife agencies, nongovernmental organizations, joint venture partnerships, bird conservation initiatives, and others working to protect and restore bird populations.
The Association’s Bird Coordinator supports state fish and wildlife agencies in the development and implementation of state-level bird conservation programs, coordination of monitoring, international conservation and other initiatives.
Through workshops, meetings and technical assistance, the Association helps provide support to the state agencies as they plan, prioritize and implement bird conservation actions identified in the State Wildlife Action Plans, Partners in Flight North American Landbird Conservation Plan, the U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan, the North American Waterbird Conservation Plan, North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, Woodcock initiative, and other emerging resident game bird initiatives.
AFWA Staff Contact:
Dr. Judith Scarl
State of the Birds Report
Environment Canada Avian Monitoring Review Final Report