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Planning Steps

Outline of the process


Conservation planning is an adaptive process. As information on species abundance, distribution, and ecological requirements improve, and as our understanding of the effectiveness of conservation actions increases, the conservation planning process is refined.

Conservation planning involves several steps:

Setting Priorities through Species Conservation Assessment

Assessing the conservation vulnerability among all native bird species by gathering information on population size, threats to populations, distribution, and habitat preferences.

Identifying priority species for conservation: those most in need of conservation attention at a national level, including consideration of their geographic and habitat affinities.

Developing Strategies

Setting numerical population objectives for priority species.

Identifying conservation needs and recommended actions for priority species and their habitats, such as preserving grassland habitat for Henslow's Sparrows in the Midwest or removing introduced species (cats and rats) from California's Channel Islands to reduce devastating predation on Xantus's Murrelet.

Taking Action

Implementing a plan for meeting species and habitat objectives by coordinating and integrating efforts among partnering organizations.

Disseminating conservation information to increase public awareness, resulting in informed citizens invested in conserving birds and their habitats.

Measuring Success

Inventorying and monitoring populations and their habitats.

Evaluating success, making revisions, and setting updated objectives for the future.

To learn more about the many, diverse organizations working toward bird conservation, go to Conservation Links.