Foundation for Conservation

NABCI-Canada recognizes that ongoing research and monitoring of birds is vital to our ability to understand the threats they face and where best to focus conservation efforts.

As we expand our understanding about bird biology, ecology, geographic distribution and life history characteristics, we rely on science to provide the basis for planning conservation projects, setting objectives and guiding actions.

Bird Conservation Regions for Biological Planning

NABCI partners from the United States, Mexico, and Canada, supported by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), agreed to adopt level III of the CEC’s Ecological Regions of North America as the units for priority setting, planning and evaluation. These Bird Conservation Regions (BCRs) are the primary units within which biological planning can be undertaken.

Bird Conservation Region Strategies

Through NABCI, Canada committed to developing BCR strategies. These integrated, all-bird reports provide a clear set of conservation objectives and recommended actions to respond to concerns and better support Canada’s bird populations.

They were written according to a standard protocol and employ the Threats and Actions Classification System (V1.0) developed by the Conservation Measures Partnership for the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation.

Conservation partnerships, including the Habitat Joint Ventures created under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, play a key role in implementing the recommendations found in the BCR strategies.

The complete list of BCR strategies can be downloaded from our publications page.