The North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) just released The State of North America’s Birds 2016, the first comprehensive report assessing the conservation status of all bird species that occur in Canada, the continental United States and Mexico. NABCI was created by Canada, the United States and Mexico as a tri-national commitment to protect birds and their habitats.
The report argues that more than one third of all North American bird species need urgent conservation action and calls for a renewed, continent-wide commitment to saving birds and their habitats.
The report evaluates the conservation status of all native North American bird species across all major habitats — nine key ecosystems. It is based on the first-ever conservation vulnerability assessment for all 1,154 native bird species that occur in Canada, the continental U.S., and Mexico, and reflects a collaboration between experts from all three countries. The overall conservation status of each species takes into account its population trend, population size, extent of breeding and non-breeding ranges, and severity of threats to populations. Methodology information, the complete assessment database, animated maps and other resources are available here.
The State of North America’s Birds report is being released during the Centennial year of the Migratory Bird Treaty, an agreement between the United States and Canada that promised collaborative conservation to protect the migratory birds of North America.
In 1936, twenty years after the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty, Mexico, and the U.S. committed to a similar treaty, connecting all of North America in its efforts to protect our shared species.
This report calls for a renewed commitment to continental bird conservation agreements. To download the full report, click here.