Since our founding in 1994, we’ve charted a course to make bird conservation greater than the sum of its parts. Here are a few examples of how we bring together diverse organizations to achieve bigger results for birds.
The success and sustainability of our Latin American partners is one of our top priorities. Through these efforts, we have supported the creation of nearly 70 bird reserves that provide habitat for many species found nowhere else.
ABC also assists our partner organizations with tools and training to ensure that the reserves remain viable for years to come. In fact, a substantial portion of our annual budget goes to supporting our Latin American partners.
The Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) was formed by ABC and other conservation organizations in an effort to stave off imminent species extinctions. It continues to be chaired by ABC.
A global coalition of more than 80 groups, AZE has identified 595 sites around the world that are the last refuge for one or more endangered or critically endangered species. Conservation efforts are now underway at many of these sites. At ABC, we have made a significant contribution to stemming the tide of AZE species extinctions through our Latin American Bird Reserve Network.
The Bird Conservation Alliance was formed by ABC in 2004 to connect nonprofit groups in the Americas that share a common concern for bird conservation and to initiate action on priority issues.
Today, member organizations number more than 200, spanning from Canada to Colombia and ranging from large international biodiversity organizations to research institutions and local birdwatching groups.
The National Pesticide Reform Coalition (NPRC) emerged in 2002, formed by ABC and other organizations concerned about the negative impacts of pesticides on wildlife and people.
ABC facilitates the NPRC and plays a leading role in addressing and gaining support for bird issues. Some of the coalition's activities include bringing pressure on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to cancel the most harmful chemicals, change the use of others to minimize bird impacts, and ensure that wildlife is fully considered in agency decisions.
The North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) and Partners in Flight (PIF) are important coalitions dedicated to bird conservation through cooperative habitat management.
ABC played an important role in the formation of NABCI in 1998, which is now a 23-member group uniting nonprofit and government groups in bird conservation.
The central premise of PIF is that the resources of public and private organizations in North and South America must be combined and coordinated to successfully conserve bird populations in the hemisphere.
ABC continues to be involved in PIF, especially through our Migratory Birds Program.