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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.

Alaska Migratory Bird Co-management Council (AMBCC)
Provides recommendations to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for spring-summer subsistence hunting regulations in Alaska and other related topics.

AMBCC Subsistence Harvest Surveys
This program documents subsistence harvest in Alaska through an annual harvest survey and other projects

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 Offices
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has eight different geographic regions with our headquarters located in Washington, D.C. But no matter the location, each region is dedicated to conserving the nation's fish and wildlife resources and fostering an environmental stewardship ethic based on ecological principles, scientifc knowledge of fish and wildlife and a sense of moral responsibility. Explore our regions at the link below.

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

U.S. Geological Survey—Bird Banding Laboratory
The North American Bird Banding Program for studying the movement, survival, and behavior of birds.

U.S. Geological Survey—Report a Bird 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.

Game Bird Status and Harvest Information Links
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—Migratory Game Bird Population Status Information
Migratory game bird population status information provided by 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—Adaptive Harvest Management
The model that guides duck regulation selection in the United States.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—Harvest Information Program
A random survey of hunters conducted by the Service to estimate how many game birds sportsmen harvest each year.

Environmental Planning and Permits
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—Information for Planning and Consultation (IPaC)
IPaC is a project planning tool that streamlines the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service environmental review process.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—Migratory Bird Permit Program
The mission of the Migratory Bird Permit Program is to promote long-term conservation of migratory birds and their habitats and encourage joint stewardship with others. The Migratory Bird Permit Office administers over 20 permit types across the country.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—Migratory Bird Electronic Permitting System
The online ePermits permitting system allows submission and fee processing of permit applications online.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—Best Management Practices, Incidental Take
To better protect migratory bird populations and provide more certainty for the regulated public, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeks to address human-caused mortality by providing information on beneficial practices to avoid and minimize the incidental injury and killing of migratory birds.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—Best Management Practices, Aquatic Habitats
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommends measures to be incorporated into project planning to avoid or minimize negative impacts to fish and wildlife resources in aquatic habitats.

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. and

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 24 habitat joint ventures (19 in the United States and 5 in Canada) and 3 species joint ventures. and
United States:

United States Habitat Joint Ventures
Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture
Atlantic Coast Joint Venture
Central California Coast Joint Venture
Central Hardwoods Joint Venture
Central Valley 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
Oaks and Prairies 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/Great Lakes Joint Venture

Canadian Habitat Joint Ventures
Western Boreal (part of Prairie Habitat Joint Venture)
Pacific Birds Habitat Joint Venture
Canadian Intermountain Joint Venture
Prairie Habitat Joint Venture
Eastern Habitat Joint Venture

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