North American native grasslands are disappearing.
Grasslands are incredible ecosystems that support bird populations, pollinators, working lands, carbon sequestration, opportunities for hunting and outdoor recreation, and water security. The loss of grasslands and the benefits they provide impacts rural communities and economies across the continent.
Over the last 40 years, North American grassland bird populations have declined faster than any other group of birds. Over three-quarters of grassland bird species have shown significant population declines.
Since 1970, North American grassland birds have lost 53% of their population.
Migratory Bird Joint Ventures helped turn things around for wetland birds. Now we are applying that strategy to grassland birds.
Through the JV8 Central Grasslands Initiative (JV8), eight Migratory Bird Joint Ventures — representing over 72 federal, state, provincial, non-profit, and industry conservation partners from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico — are collaborating to stem grassland losses and the negative impacts to migratory birds. The JV8 is implementing grassland conservation programs across a landscape of 500 million acres and across multiple nations with the goal of reversing or stabilizing the decline of bird populations in the central grasslands of North America.
Our Vision: By working together, we can create a world where the central grasslands from Canada to Mexico support stable, thriving, and diverse communities of birds, other wildlife, and people into the future.
Grasshopper Sparrow. Photo © Kevin Barnes
Click on a logo to visit the website for each Joint Venture in the JV8:
For more information about the JV8 Central Grasslands Conservation Initiative, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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