探花精选 Americas

We protect birds and the places they need throughout the hemisphere.

Birds know no borders, and neither do we.

This hemispheric approach stems from the recognition that the majority of vulnerable bird species found in the U.S. spend most of their lives in Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean, which have some of the world's most biodiverse landscapes and seascapes.

Our Areas of Focus

Canada Chile Colombia Panama The Bahamas

探花精选鈥檚 new strategies in Latin America,聽the Caribbean, and Canada聽represent聽a new chapter in the evolution of 探花精选聽in which we broaden our focus to protecting birds and the places they need over their entire life cycles.

This hemispheric approach stems from the recognition that the majority of vulnerable bird species found in the U.S. spend most of their lives in Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean, which have some of the world's most biodiverse landscapes and seascapes. The Neotropical Realm alone has 41% of all bird species on Earth, and Canada is North America's bird nursery. Throughout the region, this biodiversity is at risk by habitat loss and environmental degradation. And in most countries, conservation efforts have not kept pace with economic growth and intensifying pressure on natural resources.

探花精选 Americas has developed an聽ambitious plan聽to address conservation shortfalls in Latin America and the Caribbean, by applying 探花精选鈥檚 conservation expertise and regional experience in innovative new ways. Over the next five years, we are targeting 10 million hectares (25 million acres) of prime ecosystems that are important for聽priority birds聽and wildlife, and human well-being.

In Canada, we are striving to be allies to Indigenous governments and communities across the Boreal Forest region and to elevate public support for millions of acres of proposed Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas and for Indigenous Guardians programs through science and communications efforts.聽

Our Four Strategies

Our conservation strategies address and mitigate the most critical threats to wildlife and biodiversity and deliver lasting economic and environmental benefits for people. These strategies are based on innovative, proven models that can achieve impact at scale with the highest return on conservation investment.

Strategy 1: Protected Areas

Well-managed protected areas are essential to sustaining bird populations and reversing their decline. They also serve to mitigate climate change and help local communities thrive sustainably.聽探花精选 will work with partners to establish more than 80 new protected areas covering 2 million hectares (4.9 million acres) and improve management of an additional 2 million hectares.

Strategy 2: Working Lands

探花精选鈥檚 Working Lands Strategy is designed to create healthier habitats for birds and other wildlife.聽探花精选 Americas and partners will work with farmers to create these healthier habitats while expanding productivity and profit on 5 million hectares (12 million acres) of agricultural lands in once-natural landscapes.

Strategy 3: Coastal Resilience

All along the coast lines of the Americas, the rapid disappearance of mangroves, mudflats, other wetland habitat is threatening shorebird populations, situation聽especially dire along the Pacific Americas Flyway.聽探花精选 and partners will restore or improve the management of 1 million hectares (2.5 million acres) of coastal habitat聽while integrating nature based solutions
into development and water sanitation agendas.

Strategy 4: Building A Constituency For Birds

Birds are persuasive ambassadors. In Latin America and the Caribbean awareness and popularity of birds and birding have been growing at聽 extraordinary pace. By supporting the development of National Plans for the Conservation of Birds, community science, educational programs, and community mobilization,聽探花精选 and its partners will build public commitment to conservation by engaging one million people across the hemisphere.

探花精选 Americas new strategies are designed to deliver conservation results at an unprecedented scale and pace. By capitalizing on the emerging green economy as well as growing public interest in birds, we intend to mainstream wildlife conservation into development agendas while involving a range of NGO partners, business interests, policymakers, and community leaders. By prioritizing ecological connectivity, our solutions will increase the mobility and range of wildlife in natural-area networks that will be more resilient to emerging environmental challenges.

Want to know more? Read 探花精选 Americas'聽business plan .

Read More About Our Strategies
Read More About Our Strategies

探花精选鈥檚 new strategies are designed to deliver conservation results at an unprecedented scale and pace. Read about our plans to capitalize on the emerging green economy as well as growing public interest in birds to mainstream conservation while involving a range of NGO partners, business interests, policymakers, and community leaders.

Birds and Beyond:聽 Elevating Our Conservation Impact

Although the 探花精选 is known for its longstanding commitment to birds, the challenges to the region鈥檚 biodiversity affect much more than birds. Habitat loss and degradation, combined with the effects of climate change, are expected to increasingly affect water, energy聽and food security, coastal resilience, economic prosperity, and human health.

That鈥檚 why our new goals extend beyond birds to focus on聽essential areas聽that birds share with endangered or threatened species and important fisheries. In addition, our strategies will provide broader conservation, economic, and human well-being benefits.

Targeting a聽portfolio of prime ecosystems聽that cover a combined area roughly the size of Mexico, our strategies are based on:

Incorporating conservation into national and local development plans.聽The 探花精选 Americas approach prioritizes efforts that protect wildlife while promoting sustainable economies, climate-change mitigation and adaptation, and human well-being. Via a comprehensive set of initiatives, we aim to mainstream nature-based solutions into development plans throughout the region, to achieve conservation impacts at an unprecedented scale. We will also support national conservation efforts driven by each country鈥檚 climate commitments.

Extending our impact through innovative partnerships.聽Migratory birds connect the people and places of the Western Hemisphere. Through strategic multi-sector partnerships, we intend to drive change at a hemispheric level. By involving more than 100 NGO partners as well as a diverse range of business interests, policymakers, and community leaders, we aim to build a science-based and human-focused聽conservation effort聽that is unprecedented in magnitude, scale, and transformational impact.


Core Countries

Our conservation plan targets 10 million hectares of important bird and wildlife habitat by 2026, and 40 million hectares by 2030. Discover our first-phase initiatives in five core countries

News from the Americas

Pink-footed Shearwater flying over the sea.
Canadian Governments and Indigenous Nations Create the Great Bear Sea Agreement
June 26, 2024 — 探花精选 applauds this giant step to permanently protect a globally important marine ecosystem.
Canada geese in flight over water.
Canada Delivers Biodiversity Leadership with 2030 Nature Strategy and Nature Accountability Act
June 21, 2024 — 探花精选 celebrates Canada鈥檚 proposal to enshrine its international biodiversity commitments into law
Northern Saw-whet Owl nestled in a tree.
The Northern Saw-whet Owl
June 06, 2024 — When the cooler weather sets in, our friends at Bird Lab begin their owl banding season.
Meet the 探花精选 Americas team

Aurelio Ramos

Managing Director, Latin America, Caribbean, and Canada

Marci Eggers

Vice President for Conservation

Jeff Wells

Vice President, Boreal Conservation

Catalina Casas

Colombia Bird-based Tourism Coordinator

Javiera Ferreyra

Chile Country Director

River Gates

Pacific Shorebird Conservation Initiative Coordinator

Photo of Carrie Gray smiling at the camera. She is wearing a gray knit beanie, a white and red patterned scarf, and a blue winter jacket.

Carrie Gray

Boreal Conservation Specialist

Sebastian Herzog

Protected Areas Strategy Director

Gloria Lentijo

Working Lands Strategy Director

Daniela Linero

GIS and Data Analysis Specialist

Poly Martinez

Communications Director

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Alex Miller

探花精选 Americas Finance and Contracts Associate

Noem铆 Moreno

National Bird Conservation Strategy for Colombia - Coordinator

Photo of Rebecca wearing a light green shirt in front of a barn.

Rebecca Sentner

Senior Communications Manager, Boreal Conservation

Erica Sosa

Executive Assistant to the Vice President, 探花精选 Americas

Jorge Vel谩squez

Science Director for Latin America and the Caribbean

Juliana Londo帽o

探花精选 Americas Social Media Coordinator

Adriana Z. Moreno Acosta

Program Administrator - Panama

Julio Montes de Oca

Coastal Resilience Director

Marsha D矛az

Gerente de comunicaciones, Panam谩

Diana Lorena Jurado Roman

National Bird Conservation Strategy - Assistant for Colombia

Tom谩s Altamirano

National Plan for the Conservation of Birds - Coordinator

Loretto Arriagada

Chile Local Programs Coordinator

In锚s Fernandes

探花精选 Americas Program Associate

Karla Noboa

Institutional Giving - Manager

Santiago Aparicio

Americas Flyways Initiative - Manager

Camilo Cardozo

Colombia Country Director

Our Focus Birds Across the Americas
! Priority Bird
Canada Warbler
Wood Warblers
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Piping Plover
Plovers
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Cerulean Warbler
Wood Warblers
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Western Sandpiper
Sandpipers
Blackpoll Warbler
Wood Warblers
! Priority Bird
Short-billed Dowitcher
Sandpipers
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Reddish Egret
Herons, Egrets, Bitterns
Franklin's Gull
Gulls and Terns
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Semipalmated Sandpiper
Sandpipers
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Saltmarsh Sparrow
New World Sparrows
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Red Knot
Sandpipers
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American Oystercatcher
Oystercatchers