The CalPIF mission is to promote the conservation of resident and
migratory landbirds and their habitats in California through research,
monitoring, education, and collaboration among public and private
landowners and managers, government agencies, non-government organizations,
and individuals and other bird conservation efforts. The California
chapter of Partners in Flight (CalPIF) was established in 1992. The
CalPIF structure consists of a Chair,
Co-chair, Coordinator, Executive Steering Committee, and Working Committees.
Recognizing that the major cause of population declines in California
was the loss and degradation of habitat, the first action of CalPIF
was to identify habitats important to birds. Following the guidelines
of the International Partners in Flight "Flight Plan,"
habitat-based Bird Conservation Plans (BCPs)
have been prepared to facilitate that goal by stimulating a proactive
approach to landbird conservation.
The accomplishments of California Partners in Flight within the
last 12 years are impressive. BCPs for every major habitat type
in California have been completed and contain over 250 recommendations
based on the biology of multiple species and the latest scientific
literature. Agencies and Joint Ventures are incorporating CalPIF
recommendations and objectives into their land management and implementation
plans. The funding criteria of a growing list of federal and private
conservation funders now reward applicants for implementation of
BCP conservation practices and measures. Conservationists are using
landbirds as effective indicators to evaluate the success of restoration,
enhancement, and acquisition of critical habitats throughout the
state. Additionally, members of the Executive Steering Committee
contribute to the CalPIF mission through conservation projects with
their respective agencies and organizations.
CalPIF has been very effective in pulling together every major
land management agency, land owners, and many scientists throughout
California-and not just in supportive roles. These players have
contributed directly to the activities necessary for effective
conservation across the state. The Partners in Flight vision is
that every citizen, land manager, biologist, and consultant in
the state can become involved in the restoration and enhancement
of California habitats important to songbirds and other wildlife.
Recently Updated or Newly Added:
Announcing the Black-backed Woodpecker Conservation Strategy for California (version 1.0)
Read the Guide to Riparian Habitat Enhancemnt for the Sacramento Valley
Read the Guide to Habitat Enhancement for the North Bay Region
Read the newly released Desert
Bird Conservation Plan.
Help monitor California's Yellow-billed
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