Riparian Bird Conservation Plan
Artwork by Zac Denning

An Excerpt from the Executive Summary:
This Riparian Bird Conservation Plan is a collaborative effort of the Riparian Habitat Joint Venture (RHJV) and has been developed to guide conservation policy and action on behalf of riparian habitats and California's landbirds. This Conservation Plan focuses on data concerning bird species associated with riparian habitat, but conservation recommendations, if implemented, should benefit many riparian associated species. It applies broadly to many of the conservation efforts now underway in the state, including, but not limited to: the California Bay-Delta Program (CALFED); all habitat-based Joint Ventures (i.e., Central Valley, Intermountain West, Pacific Coast, San Francisco Bay, and Sonoran); the Sacramento and San Joaquin River Basins Comprehensive Study of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps); and US Fish and Wildlife Service refuges and 'Partners for Wildlife' program.

Updates to Version 2.0:
This document represents the second iteration of the Riparian Bird Conservation Plan. A review of the original focal species list revealed the need to add three new species to better capture the diversity of habitat niches found in California riparian systems and to account for species which are experiencing range reductions in the state. Following the same criteria established in the selection of the original 14 focal species, Spotted Sandpiper, Tree Swallow, and Tricolored Blackbird were added. Also new to this version is a process description for setting population objectives for select focal species using current monitoring data and GIS data layers. In this version, examples from Central Valley Basins are used to estimate current and potential population size.

In Chapter 7, we refined the definition of a Portfolio Site, and invited experts from each bioregion to supplement the existing list with new sites. In Chapter 8, we incorporated the most current riparian songbird data from several California bioregions into the Conservation Recommendations section and included the latest topical references from the scientific literature. Tables reflecting bird and habitat associations, estimates of nest success, and riparian songbird nesting seasons by bioregions have been added to better assist land managers with data pertaining to their specific area. In Chapter 9, we provided updates on the North American all-bird initiatives and the recent activities of the RHJV. In Chapter 10, we identified more opportunities for private citizens to be involved in bird conservation and to help enhance bird populations. Finally, we added a new chapter (Chapter 3) with information pertaining to landscape-scale factors that affect riparian birds.

Recommended Citation
RHJV (Riparian Habitat Joint Venture). 2004. The riparian bird conservation plan: a strategy for reversing the decline of riparian associated birds in California. California Partners in Flight.

Feedback on Plan Use:
We are looking for as much input from resource managers, biologists, and the public as possible, so please send us your feedback.

Read the Riparian Bird Conservation Plan Version 2.0.

"Enhancing Riparian Habitat" handout. Click here.

Query/view GIS database of CalPIF riparian study sites

Read more on the Riparian Habitat Joint Venture

Focal Species Accounts and Range and Breeding Status Maps:

Focal Species Accounts:

Focal Species Range and Breeding Status Maps: