Current PHJV planning tools are the result of 30 years of heavy investments in waterfowl science and landscape-change assessments. Our targeting maps and waterfowl productivity models are backed by as much data and tougher testing than plans anywhere on the continent, and that gives us confidence in estimating the probable value of each new conservation investment.
In the sections that follow, we describe the planning challenges we faced at the onset of North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) in 1986, and how we began. We describe our current planning tools and our commitment to managing adaptively. We sketch recent progress in developing targeting tools for land birds and other marsh birds, and the collection of vital monitoring data that allow us to track landscape conditions across the PHJV. We note some new studies that are leading to new conservation possibilities, and conclude by illustrating similar scientific efforts now underway to guide investments in Western Boreal Forest conservation.