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The flyway plan of administering the migratory bird resources of the Continent has been adopted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This Web site was developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through a collaborative effort of biologists and waterfowl managers across North America’s four flyways (Pacific, Central, Mississippi, and Atlantic). The Web site has many resources related to the status of waterfowl and their regulations.

Central Flyway Council
Equivalent to the Pacific Flyway Council for the Central Flyway region.

Mississippi Flyway Council
Equivalent to the Pacific Flyway Council for the Mississippi Flyway region.

Atlantic Flyway Council
Equivalent to the Pacific Flyway Council for the Atlantic Flyway region.

Government Organizations
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The primary federal government agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior dedicated to the management of fish, wildlife, and natural habitats. The mission of the agency is "working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people."

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—Division of Migratory Bird Management
The primary division of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service charged with protecting and conserving migratory birds in the United States.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office and Migratory Bird Programs
Regional offices work to conserve and manage fish, wildlife, and natural habitats at the local level in coordination with Headquarters based programs.

Alaska Region
Regional Office
Migratory Birds Program

Pacific Region (Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Pacific Islands)
Regional Office
Migratory Birds Program

Pacific Southwest Region (California, Nevada)
Regional Office
Migratory Birds Program

Southwest Region (Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma)
Regional Office
Migratory Birds Program

Mountain Prairie Region (Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas)
Regional Office
Migratory Birds Program

Midwest Region (Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio)
Regional Office
Migratory Birds Program

Southeast Region (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands)
Regional Office
Migratory Birds Program

Northeast Region (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia)
Regional Office
Migratory Birds Program

Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Information on research conducted by the center, bird monitoring, and bird banding, as well as wildlife identification tools.

Bird Banding Laboratory - Home
The North American Bird Banding Program for studying the movement, survival, and behavior of birds.

Bird Banding Laboratory - Report a Band
The North American Bird Banding Program's electronic submission form for reporting a bird band recovery.

Canadian Wildlife Service
The federal Wildlife regulatory agency in Canada within Environment Canada.
Environment Canada:
Migratory Birds Program:

Nongovernment Organizations
Ducks Unlimited
Waterfowl hunting and habitat conservation information.

National Audubon Society
Nongame bird conservation information.

Delta Waterfowl
Waterfowl ecology and wildlife training programs.

Partners in Flight
Cooperative conservation group targeting land birds, especially neotropical migrants.

The Wildlife Society
Organization dedicated to sustaining wildlife through science and educational programs.

California Waterfowl Association
Founded in 1945 by a group of concerned duck hunters to conserve California's waterfowl, wetlands, and outdoor heritage.

Related Links
Harvest Information Program
A random survey of hunters conducted by the Service to estimate how many game birds sportsmen harvest each year.

Adaptive Harvest Management
The model that guides duck regulation selection in the United States.

Bird Conservation Initiatives
North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI)
A cooperative effort of bird conservation organizations, which seek to increase funding for integrated bird conservation in North America and to coordinate efforts of existing bird conservation initiatives.

North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP)
A partnership to restore waterfowl populations in North America through cooperative habitat protection, restoration, and enhancement in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

North American Waterbird Conservation Plan (NAWCP)
A partnership to advance the conservation of waterbirds and their habitats in North America.

U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan (USSCP)
A partnership undertaken throughout the United States to ensure that stable and self-sustaining populations of all shorebirds are restored and protected.

Partners in Flight (PIF) Bird Conservation Plans (BCPs)
A series of conservation plans for each physiographic area and state in the United States to ensure long-term maintenance of healthy populations of native nongame landbirds.

Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program
A global partnership to identify areas that are most important for maintaining bird populations and to focus conservation efforts on protecting these sites.

Joint Ventures
Self-directed partnerships comprising individuals, corporations, conservation organizations, and local, state, provincial, and federal agencies that conserves habitat for priority bird species, other wildlife, and people. There are currently 15 habitat joint ventures (12 in the United States and 3 in Canada) and 3 species joint ventures.

United States Habitat Joint Ventures
Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture
Atlantic Coast Joint Venture
Central Hardwoods Joint Venture
East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture
Gulf Coast Joint Venture
Intermountain West Joint Venture
Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture
Northern Great Plains Joint Venture
Pacific Birds Habitat Joint Venture
Playa Lakes Joint Venture
Prairie Pothole Joint Venture
Rainwater Basin Joint Venture
Rio Grande Joint Venture
San Francisco Bay Joint Venture
Sonoran Joint Venture
Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes Joint Venture

Canadian Habitat Joint Ventures
Canadian Intermountain Joint Venture
Eastern Habitat Joint Venture
Pacific Birds Habitat Joint Venture
Prairie Habitat Joint Venture

Species Joint Ventures
Arctic Goose Joint Venture
Black Duck Joint Venture
Sea Duck Joint Venture

Pintail Action Group
Cooperative group of public and private interests dedicated to the conservation of the Northern Pintail. The pintail, which was once one of the most common waterfowl species in North America, has declined in abundance over the past several decades.

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