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Optics for the Tropics Committed to Saving Our Shared Birds

On May 11th, 2010, government officials from Canada, Mexico, and the United States, on behalf of the landbird initiative, Partners in Flight (PIF), released the report, Saving Our Shared Birds: Partners in Flight Tri-National Vision for Landbird Conservation. Saving Our Shared (SOS) Birds is the latest effort by PIF to help species at risk and keep common birds common-its mission since 1990. Driving the report's creation was the idea of a shared continent of birds and a shared continent of people connect to birds, transcending the borders of our three countries for conservation.

A Call for Action.

Action is needed in each country, but the most urgent needs are in Mexico, where tropical forests important to many high-concern landbirds 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."

Annual Report:

The 2008-2009 Annual report is here: OT-annual-report-2008-and-2009.pdf