Recognition that a cooperative, nonadversarial conservation approach
was required to address bird and habitat issues at a continental
scale led to the formation in 1990 of Partners in Flight/Compañeros
en Vuelo/Partenaires d'Envol. This voluntary, nonadvocacy, international
coalition was originally dedicated to reversing declines of Neotropical
migratory songbirds, but soon expanded its mission to include all
The Partners in Flight (PIF) mission is expressed through three
- Helping species at risk. Species exhibiting warning signs
today must be conserved before they become imperiled. Allowing
species to become threatened or endangered results in long-term
and costly recovery efforts whose success is often not guaranteed.
Species that have attained endangered or threatened status must
not only be protected from extinction, but also must be recovered.
- Keeping common birds common. Native birds, both resident
and migratory, must be retained in healthy numbers throughout
their natural ranges. Humans have a responsibility to be good
stewards of species that are fundamental to the integrity of North
America's diverse and unique ecosystems.
- Voluntary partnerships for birds, habitat, and people.
A central premise of PIF is that the resources of public and private
organizations throughout the Americas must be combined, coordinated,
and increased in order to acheive success in conserving bird populations
in this hemisphere. The power of PIF lies in the synergy that
builds when diverse, committed partners who care about birds work
together for a common goal.
For more information on Partners in Flight or to receive copies
of the recently published North American Landbird Conservation
Plan, visit the PIF
A list of organizations
and agencies and individuals
active in Partners in Flight nationwide is available from the
American Bird Conservacy.