Strategic Plan for the North American Breeding Bird Survey, 2020–30

Circular 1466
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The North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) has been the cornerstone of continental bird conservation and management for hundreds of North American bird species in the United States and Canada for more than 50 years. This strategic plan was developed in collaboration with key partners and stakeholders and charts the ambitious course for the BBS over the next decade (2020–30). Using this plan as a guide, the BBS program will set out to improve the breadth and depth of standardized data collection and analytical products; ensure its products are widely used and recognized as the authoritative source for long-term population change information for most birds; and secure adequate resources, internally and through partnerships, to realize the expanded vision of the BBS intended to support avian management needs through 2030.

Suggested Citation

U.S. Geological Survey and Canadian Wildlife Service, 2020, Strategic Plan for the North American Breeding Bird Survey, 2020–30: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1466, 10 p., [Supersedes USGS Circular 1307.]

ISSN: 2330-5703 (online)

ISSN: 1067-084X (print)

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Vision
  • Mission
  • Strategic Goals and Objectives
  • References Cited
  • Appendix 1. Overview and Brief History of the North American Breeding Bird Survey
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Strategic Plan for the North American Breeding Bird Survey, 2020–30
Series title Circular
Series number 1466
DOI 10.3133/cir1466
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description vi, 10 p.
Public Comments Circular 1466 supersedes Circular 1307.
Country Canada, Mexico, United States
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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