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Sonaran desertscrub-uplandJoint Ventures (JV)
Joint Ventures are regionally based voluntary coalitions of public and private conservation-minded organizations originally developed under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Several Joint Ventures have expanded their missions to include conservation for all birds and habitats, not just waterfowl. Arizona is included in two Joint Ventures for all-bird conservation, and ABCI is actively involved on regional steering committees and in work groups.

  • The Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV), which covers the northern portion of Arizona, includes 11 Western states and southern Canada. The IWJV administers a cost-share funding program and participates in project selection for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act Grants Program. Several conservation plans have been developed to address the conservation needs of birds in the region, including the Coordinated Implementation Plan for Bird Conservation in Northern Arizona.

  • The Sonoran Joint Venture (SJV), which covers the southern half of Arizona, was the first international Joint Venture. The SJV also includes southeastern California and the Mexican states of Sonora, Sinaloa, Baja California, Baja California Sur and the Gulf of California. Arizona Game and Fish Department Director Duane Shroufe chairs the management board, and ABCI is an important partner in the SJV through participation in the technical committee. The SJV is currently working on a bird conservation strategic plan for the region.

Important Bird Areas (IBAs)
Lower Oak Creek CanyonImportant Bird Areas (IBAs) are sites that support significant numbers of “species of conservation concern,” large concentrations of birds, exceptional habitat and/or substantial research or educational value.

Bird Life International started the program globally and partners with the Audubon Society for national implementation. In Arizona, the Tucson chapter and the state office of the Audubon Society coordinate the IBA program. ABCI is one of several partners that support Audubon in its efforts to identify and monitor these important bird habitats. Our contributions have included providing financial support (ABCI grants) and serving on the technical committee that evaluates potential sites for IBA designation. Designation indicates the areas’ importance for birds, but does not confer any legal protections. To learn more, visit the Tucson Audubon Society or Aububon Arizona Web sites.

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