Conservation of Landbirds in Alaska

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Alaska lies at the convergence of four major global migration flyways and encompasses a diverse array of important landbird habitats. Temperate rainforests tower along the southern coast, boreal forests span the vast interior, and low-lying tundra blankets the continent’s northern and western fringes.

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Small bird in a bush

Black-capped Chickadee perched in a bush.
(Credit: Brian Uher-Koch, USGS, Alaska Science Center. Public domain.)

  • Alaska Landbird Conservation Plan, version 2.0:  NEW!
    Alaska lies at the convergence of four major global migration flyways and encompasses a diverse array of important landbird habitats. Temperate rainforests tower along the southern coast, boreal forests span the vast interior, and low-lying tundra blankets the continent’s northern and western fringes. This comprehensive conservation plan, written by a team of Alaskan experts, synthesizes the priorities, conservation issues, and proposed conservation strategies for 142 species of landbird species that occur regularly in this diverse northern region. The introductory chapter provides an overview from a statewide and continental perspective and is followed by detailed chapters for each of the five large biogeographic regions of Alaska. Tables and appendices provide the most recent information on continental status, priorities, and stewardship species; relative regional abundance and migration strategies; and continental assessment scores, status, and population estimates. (13,079 KB PDF)
  • Bird Conservation Regions in Alaska
    Five Bird Conservation Regions were designated in Alaska as part of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative to provide a framework that would facilitate coordinated conservation and evaluations of major bird initiatives.
  • Landbirds of Concern included in the ADF&G’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan
    Alaska is home to >140 regularly occurring species of birds that principally use terrestrial habitats. These birds, commonly referred to as "landbirds," comprise the largest and most ecologically diverse component of Alaska's avifauna and include raptors, grouse, woodpeckers, flycatchers, jays, chickadees, thrushes, warblers, and sparrows, among others. (324 KB PDF)
  • Partners in Flight North American Landbird Conservation Plan
    The Partners in Flight North American Landbird Conservation Plan provides a continental synthesis of priorities and objectives that will guide landbird conservation actions at national and international scales. The scope for this Plan is the 448 species of native landbirds that regularly breed in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Landbird Conservation Plan for Alaska Biogeographic Regions version 1.0
    Original (1999) conservation plan for Alaska landbirds, framed within a landscape context. Landbird species, their habitats, and management issues were considered within 5 biogeographic regions. (247 KB PDF)

 

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