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About Boreal Partners in Flight
Boreal Partners in Flight is a coalition of individuals who are working together to help conserve bird populations throughout boreal regions of North America. Boreal Partners in Flight is the official Alaska state working group of the international Partners in Flight program. We also have many members from Canada because we share many of the same species, habitats, and problems. The international program was started in 1990 because of concerns about continental declines in populations of many landbird species. Initially the program focused on species that breed in North America and winter in the Neotropics (Central and South America) but it now addresses all North American landbirds and other species that use terrestrial habitats, such as shorebirds, owls and grouse.
Boreal Partners in Flight has over 100 members, including representatives from all the major federal land and resource managers in Alaska and Canada, state and provincial agencies, universities, Alaska Native corporations, and local environmental consulting firms. Nongovernmental organizations such as the Alaska Bird Observatory, Alaska Natural Heritage Program, and local chapters of the National Audubon Society play key roles. The foundation of the program, however, relies on the commitment of individuals. Boreal Partners in Flight includes biologists, land managers, teachers, and birders--a diverse, active, and dedicated group.
When Boreal Partners in Flight was first formed in November 1991, we were concerned with the downward trend in populations in other parts of the continent, and realized that we knew little about the landbirds that breed in boreal regions. We decided to combine our efforts to determine the status of northern bird populations. Our main objectives are to:
Boreal Partners in Flight meets as a statewide group once a year, usually in early December. At our annual meeting we discuss what progress we've made during the past year and decide what new projects to work on during the upcoming year. We elect a Chair who serves for two years to lead the efforts of the group and represent us at regional and national meetings. Within the state we are organized into six biogeographic regions: Southeastern, Southcoastal, Central, Southwestern, Western, and Northern. Each biogeographic region has a Chair who leads the efforts within that part of the state during the year. We also have Committee Chairs to coordinate different statewide programs for monitoring, research, and education.
Membership is completely voluntary, and there is no funding directly associated with Boreal Partners in Flight. Members simply combine their efforts and resources to accomplish common goals that lead to conservation of northern bird populations.
There are many ways in which you can help our efforts. Search our web site to learn about bird projects in your area. Many of these projects could use volunteers, and you can contact the project leaders directly. There are also a lot of educational materials available. If you wish to become a member of Boreal Partners in Flight, we will place you on our mailing list to receive more information and to be notified about upcoming meetings and events. Please send your name, affiliation, address, phone number, and e-mail address to: