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Inside Bird Conservation

Birds are valuable to humans as they provide aesthetic enjoyment as well as important ecological services (seed dispersal, pollination, predation, scavenging, nutrient deposition, ecosystem engineering), economic services (food, recreation), and cultural services (art, religion). Bird conservation has been a national priority in the United States since the early 1900s, when scientific evidence showed that humans could negatively impact the long-term sustainability of bird populations. Recent findings indicate that a third of North America's bird populations declined during the last half of the 20th century, so there is clearly a continued need for bird conservation at local, state, regional, national and continental scales.

BCN Fact Sheet

About the Bird Conservation Node

Learn about the mission, goals, partners, and supported projects of the NBII Bird Conservation Node, a network of collaborators and web-based gateway to bird conservation information resources.

Current News

Current News

Recent news articles covering issues of relevance to bird conservation.


Maps & Data

Find and access datasets, maps, and geospatial layers relevant to the conservation of birds and their habitats.

Standards and Protocols

Standards & Protocols

Learn about standards, protocols, and methods used to facilitate sharing and management of data.

Process of Bird Conservation

The Process of Bird Conservation

Learn about elements within the conservation process including species prioritization, conservation initiatives, monitoring methods and programs, scales of conservation, and organizations involved.

American Woodcock - Louisiana Dept of Wildlife & Fisheries

USFWS Focal Species

Learn about the USFWS Focal Species Strategy and access conservation action plans and information resources for selected focal birds.

In the Spotlight

Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes at Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge [Photo: John Mosesso, NBII LIFE]
Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes at Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
[Photo: John Mosesso, courtesy of NBII LIFE]

2011 State of the Birds Report
The State of the Birds 2011 Report on Public Lands and Waters of the United States is the nation's first assessment on the distribution of birds on public lands and waters. This report brings attention to the importance and potential for bird conservation on our public lands.

Updated MAPS Demographic Estimates
The Institute for Bird Populations has recently updated the avian demographic estimates provided via the online NBII/MAPS Avian Demographics Query Interface. These regional estimates (number of adult individuals, productivity, annual survival rates) for over 150 species of landbirds are based on data collected during the period 1992-2006 at bird banding stations in North America as part of the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) Program.

Conferences of Interest

  Raptor Research Foundation 2011 Annual Conference
10/5/2011 - 10/9/2011
Duluth, Minnesota
United States

  22nd Trumpeter Swan Society Conference
10/11/2011 - 10/13/2011
Polson, Montana
United States

  The Wildlife Society 2011 Annual Conference
11/5/2011 - 11/10/2011
Waikoloa, Hawaii
United States

  IXth Neotropical Ornithological Congress
11/8/2011 - 11/14/2011

  35th Annual Meeting of the Waterbird Society
11/9/2011 - 11/12/2011
Annapolis, Maryland
United States

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