The Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory has released the first-ever conservation plan for grassland bird species that winter in the Chihuahuan Desert, with support from the Rio Grande Joint Venture and American Bird Conservancy. The plan provides a wide range of science-based information to guide everyone from on-the-ground land managers to program- and policy-level decision-makers in maintaining and improving habitat for grassland bird species of high conservation concern.
Grassland birds have declined more steeply than any other group of North American birds.
To address this concern, the Chihuahuan Desert Grassland Bird Conservation Plan focuses on providing an understanding of the distribution, abundance and habitat associations of five declining grassland bird species: Baird's Sparrow, Chestnut-collared Longspur, Lark Bunting, Sprague's Pipit and Loggerhead Shrike. All five of these species appear on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Birds of Conservation Concern list for Bird Conservation Region 35, which encompasses the Chihuahuan Desert in the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico.