Habitat Management 

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Resources for Habitat Management

The Bird Conservation Plans, created by the California Partners In Flight (CalPIF) and Point Blue Conservation Science, are for every land manager and researcher interested in improving specific habitats for landbirds. Following the guidelines of the International Partners in Flight Flight Plan, habitat-based Bird Conservation Plans (BCPs) facilitate that goal by stimulating a proactive approach to landbird conservation.

The CalPIF Habitat Conservation Guides are easy-to-use guide to habitat restoration and enhancement identifies practical steps that landowners and land managers can take to improve bird habitat on their land - and thereby overall ecosystem health.

As well, our collection of Interactive Maps contains several different interactive tools for understanding more about avian activities throughout California.

Bird Conservation Plans

California Desert Bird Conservation Plan (2006)  
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California Partners In Flight This plan will address bird populations east of California's major mountain axis in the Mojave and Lower Colorado River Valley section of the Sonoran Desert, also referred to as the Colorado Desert.
California Sagebrush Bird Conservation Plan (2005)  
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California Partners In Flight This plan has been prepared to stimulate and support an active approach to conservation of landbird populations that depend on sagebrush habitats in eastern California. It represents a synthesis of published and unpublished information on birds in the region, the ecology of sagebrush systems, and conservation planning. Recommendations included in this document are intended to guide planning efforts and actions of land managers, expenditures of government and non-government organizations, and stimulate monitoring and research to support the conservation of landbirds.
California Coastal Scrub / Chaparral Bird Conservation Plan (2004)  
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California Partners In Flight This plan has been developed to guide conservation policy and action on behalf of coastal scrub/chaparral habitats and wildlife. The geographic scope of this plan is the distribution of low-elevation shrublands west of the state’s major mountain axis. The plan has focused on data concerning bird species that are dependent on these habitat types, but conservation recommendations have broad applicability for all coastal scrub and chaparral habitats in California (with the exception of montane chaparral). If implemented, these recommendations would benefit many scrub- and chaparral-dependent species.
California Riparian Bird Conservation Plan (2004)  
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California Partners In Flight This plan 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.
Southern Pacific Shorebird Conservation Plan (2003)  
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Point Blue Conservation Science This plan provides relevant information and needs for the conservation of shorebirds on the coast and in the Central Valley of California.
California Coniferous Forest Bird Conservation Plan (2002)  
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California Partners In Flight This plan has been developed to help guide conservation policy and action on behalf of coniferous habitats and associated landbirds throughout California. The Conservation Plan is a synthesis of the current state of knowledge concerning birds in California's coniferous forests and the problems they face. Recommendations presented here can be used by land managers to support viable populations of birds that depend on these forests for breeding.
California Oak Woodland Bird Conservation Plan (2002)  
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California Partners In Flight This plan has been developed to guide conservation policy and action on behalf of oak woodland habitats and wildlife. The plan has focused on data concerning bird species that are dependent on oak woodlands, but conservation recommendations have broad applicability for all oak woodland habitats and, if implemented, would benefit many oak woodland species.
California Grassland Bird Conservation Plan (2000)  
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California Partners In Flight This plan has been developed to guide conservation policy and action on behalf of grassland habitats and birds. The geographic scope of this plan is the distribution of annual and native perennial grasslands in the state, which are found predominantly along the coast and in California’s Great Central Valley. The plan has focused on data concerning seven focal grassland bird species that are dependent on these habitat types. A primary finding of this plan, and therefore its most important recommendation, is the paucity of data concerning grassland bird species and the need to collect basic information concerning species distribution, productivity and survival before extensive conservation recommendations can be made.
California Sierra Nevada Bird Conservation Plan (1999)  
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California Partners In Flight The purpose of the plan is to summarize and analyze existing information on the status of Sierra bird populations, to identify major land management issues that may be threatening the security of those populations, and to suggest conservation actions to safeguard the populations and the habitats on which they depend.

Habitat Enhancement Guides

Bringing the Birds Back:A Guide to Habitat Enhancement in Riparian and Oak Woodlands for the North Bay Region (2006)  
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California Partners In Flight Point Blue Conservation Science This easy-to-use guide to habitat restoration and enhancement identifi es practical steps that landowners and land managers can take to improve bird habitat on their land – and thereby overall ecosystem health.
Enhancing Coastal Scrub and Chaparral Habitat for Birds at Your Home or Ranch   
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California Partners In Flight Point Blue Conservation Science To learn how to maintain native coastal scrub and chaparral habitat on your property, and how to create new coastal scrub and chaparral habitat to support breeding birds.
Enhancing Oak Woodland Habitat for Birds at Your Home or Ranch   
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California Partners In Flight Point Blue Conservation Science To learn how to maintain native oak woodland habitat on your property, and how to create new oak woodland habitat to support breeding birds.
Enhancing Riparian Habitat for Birds at Your Home or Ranch   
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California Partners In Flight Point Blue Conservation Science To learn how to maintain native riparian habitat on your property, and how to create new riparian habitat to support breeding birds.