Action is needed in each country, but the most urgent needs are in Mexico, where tropical forests important to many high-concern land-birds are threatened by continued clearing for agriculture, livestock production, timber, and urban development. Many migrants from Canada and the United States depend on the same tropical highland forests in southern Mexico needed by highly threatened resident species.
Saving Our Shared Birds recommends six essential conservation actions:
- Protect and recover species at greatest risk.
- Conserve habitats and ecosystem functions.
- Reduce bird mortality.
- Expand our knowledge base for conservation.
- Engage people in conservation action.
- Increase the power of international partnerships.
Saving Our Shared Birds concludes that we can achieve our goals to conserve North America’s bird populations and the habitat they depend on, but the window of opportunity is rapidly closing. Conserving our shared birds will require a continental, and ultimately hemispheric, perspective and a commitment to international cooperation. Although this tri-national assessment is a major step forward for bird conservation in the Western Hemisphere, efforts in Mesoamerica, Caribbean, and South America must also address the highest priority conservation needs for the hemisphere’s shared birds.
Optics for the Tropics is committed to supporting the Tri-national Vision. For the next two years, we will focus on getting equipment to the four Regional Alliances that act as Joint Ventures in Mexico in order to carry out bird monitoring essential to this conservation plan. You can help! Make a tax-deductible donation today!
Optics for the Tropics is featured in the spring issue of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative’s “All Bird Bulletin, pg 15.”