The hard work, energy, and money that goes into conserving breeding habitat may be for naught if bird populations face limiting factors on the wintering grounds or during migration outside of the region. PPJV partners recognize the need and opportunities to work both on breeding grounds and beyond.
The Prairie Pothole Region (breeding grounds) extends across Canada and the U.S., with two thirds of the region in Canada and one third in the U.S. Consequently, the PPJV continues to work with the Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (Canada) for a collaborative and coordinated approach to research and habitat conservation in the Prairie Pothole Region, seeking to develop and implement “border free” landscape planning tools. The PHJV guides conservation of the Canadian Prairie Pothole and Western boreal regions under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan agreement.
While the PPJV recognizes the importance of understanding habitat needs during migration and wintering phases of migratory birds, conservation planning at the complete life cycle scale is scientifically challenging. Nevertheless, the PPJV will continue to work with its counterparts in the migration and wintering regions to meet this challenge.