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
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
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 ServiceDivision of Migratory Bird
The primary division of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
charged with protecting and conserving migratory birds in the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceRegional 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 SurveyPatuxent Wildlife Research Center
Information on research conducted by the center, bird monitoring,
and bird banding, as well as wildlife identification tools.
U.S. Geological SurveyBird Banding Laboratory
The North American Bird Banding Program for studying the movement,
survival, and behavior of birds.
U.S. Geological SurveyReport a Bird Band
The North American Bird Banding Program's electronic submission form
for reporting a bird band recovery (reportband.gov).
Canadian Wildlife Service
The federal Wildlife regulatory agency in Canada within Environment Canada.
Migratory Birds Program:
Waterfowl hunting and habitat conservation information.
National Audubon Society
Nongame bird conservation information.
Waterfowl ecology and wildlife training programs.
Partners in Flight
Cooperative conservation group targeting land birds, especially
The Wildlife Society
Organization dedicated to sustaining wildlife through science and
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 ServiceMigratory Game Bird Population Status
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 ServiceAdaptive Harvest
The model that guides duck regulation selection in the United States.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceHarvest Information
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 ServiceInformation 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 ServiceMigratory 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 ServiceMigratory Bird Electronic Permitting System
The online ePermits permitting system allows submission and fee processing
of permit applications online.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.