Resources Directory

The existing network of bird conservation partners and resources provides an excellent opportunity for land trusts to engage in conservation at different scales. This Resource Directory is designed especially for land trusts: bringing many of the resources together in one place and helping navigate the resources to find what is pertinent to land trusts. The resources can be useful for land trusts' funding proposals, community outreach, strategic conservation planning, land acquisition and easement justification, management plan development, and monitoring. The resources on these pages are organized by four categories – Engaging People, Planning, Management Guides, and Presentations and Publications.

If there are additional resources that you’ve found helpful and would like added to the site, please email us with the resource name, category in which it should be listed, online link, and a description of how it's useful to land trusts. We value your contributions!

  • North American Waterfowl Management Plan

    The North American Waterfowl Management Plan is a strategy, crafted by the waterfowl management community in the United States and Canada, to increase waterfowl populations through habitat protection, restoration, and enhancement.

    Resources Directory, Planning
  • U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan

    The U.S Shorebird Conservation Plan was drafted by partners from state and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations from across the country who pooled their resources and expertise to develop a conservation strategy for migratory shorebirds and the habitats upon which they depend.

    Resources Directory, Planning
  • Birds of North America

    The Birds of North America (BNA) is a comprehensive online reference for information on the natural history of breeding birds in the US (including Hawaii) and Canada.

    Resources Directory, Planning
  • Bird Conservation Regions

    Bird Conservation Regions (BCRs) are ecologically distinct regions in North America with similar bird communities, habitats, and resource management issues.

    Resources Directory, Planning
  • State Wildlife Action Plans

    State Wildlife Actions Plans are proactive strategies that assess the health of each state’s wildlife and habitats, identify the problems they face, and outline the actions that are needed to conserve them over the long term.

    Resources Directory, Planning
  • Joint Ventures

    Migratory Bird Joint Ventures are cooperative, regional partnerships that work to conserve habitat for the benefit of birds, other wildlife, and people.

    Resources Directory, Planning
  • Partners in Flight

    Partners in Flight is a cooperative partnership that strives to combine, coordinate, and increase resources of public and private organizations in the Western Hemisphere to achieve greater success in conserving bird populations.

    Resources Directory, Planning
  • Land trusts and bird conservation: A needs assessment Western states

    In 2014, we conducted an online survey of regional and local land trusts throughout the U.S. to learn more about land trusts’ interests and experiences with bird habitat conservation and related resources. This publication reports on the Western states’ results from the survey.

    Resources Directory, Presentations and Publications
  • Land trusts and bird conservation: A needs assessment

    In 2014, we conducted an online survey of regional and local land trusts throughout the U.S. to learn more about land trusts’ interests and experiences with bird habitat conservation and related resources. This publication details the survey’s background, purpose, methods, results, summary of recommendations for land trusts, and next steps for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Land Trust Initiative.

    Resources Directory, Presentations and Publications
  • eBird: A Tool for Land Trusts Presentation

    A presentation on eBird, what it is, how land trusts can best utilize it, and an introduction to its various features such as eBird’s Location Explorer, HotSpot Explorer, Species Distribution Maps, and Data Download.

    Resources Directory, Presentations and Publications