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Chiapas/Appalachian/Pacific Alliance

Many of the bird species that breed in the AMJV spend the fall and winter months in Mexico and Central and South America. Our partnership is committed to work with international partners to design and implement efficient and effective conservation projects for priority species on their migratory pathways and wintering areas.

Several AMJV priority species including Worm-eating Warblers, Louisiana Waterthrush, Acadian Flycatchers, Wood Thrush, and Kentucky Warblers use significant portions of southern Mexico and northern Central America for wintering grounds. The Tri-national Committee of North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) has even identified a portion of this region, El Triunfo-Chiapas, as 1 of 5 “Continentally Important Areas” for bird conservation.

The AMJV is working closely with the Chiapas Regional Alliance (CRA) in Mexico to develop a strategy for conserving shared birds species and their habitats. The CRA, modeled after North American Joint Ventures, was created in 2003 as a partnership among several conservation organizations in the Chiapas region of Mexico that are focused on protecting neotropical birds and their habitats. In 2008, the CAP (Chiapas, Appalachian, Pacific) alliance was formed between the Chiapas Regional Alliance (CRA), the AMJV, and the Pacific Coast Joint Venture (PCJV), and has led to a series of meetings among members from each organization in the United States and Mexico. Support for these meetings came largely from the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA). The CAP Alliance is showcasing not only the process for developing international bird conservation partnerships, but also how to implement innovative conservation activities that span significant portions of the North American continent.

In addition to our work with the CAP Alliance, the AMJV is currently working with one of the CRA members, ProNatura Sur, to develop an online data sharing and collaborative mapping tool. This tool will allow members of the CRA to effectively document and track habitat work, bird surveys, and other conservations efforts and share this information with partners across the region.

Appalachians, Central and South America
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