The Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership (MBCP) was launched in 2014 to build the foundation of a collaborative, sustained effort to conserve Maryland birds and their habitat. Modeled after the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, BCIs are coalitions of government agencies, nonprofits, and citizen stakeholders that combine efforts to ensure long-term health of native bird populations. To undertake this complex goal, the Partnership will facilitate partnerships on land conservation, research, data gathering and collation, citizen-science monitoring, and education.
The Partnership is supported by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) through the federal funds from the Pittman–Robertson Act, and matched by the Maryland Ornithological Society. The US Fish & Wildlife Service also provides in-kind support by the donation of office space and resources. The Initiative is lead by Marion Clement, the Executive Director, and a Steering Committee made up of individuals from government agencies and nonprofits. Conservation actions are pursued by five distinct sub-committees: Bird Studies & Conservation, Education & Programming, Funding, Data & Access, and Advocacy & Issues.
As a science-driven, partner-based initiative, the MBCP aims to:
Identify and prioritize bird conservation needs and opportunities within Maryland and across state borders; and assist with the implementation of Maryland’s State Wildlife Action Plan through coordination and partnerships.
- Establish diverse partnerships dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats to facilitate information exchange and shared activities enabling a synergistic approach to tackling the conservation challenges faced by Maryland’s avifauna;
- Coordinate state-wide compilation of existing avian monitoring data and determining more effective management action for use in conservation planning;
- Fund implementation of on-the-ground bird conservation projects by identifying opportunities to leverage resources, minimizing duplication, and pursuing additional support and resources toward shared management goals of partner organizations;
- Ensure adequate monitoring of birds of special conservation need by strengthening and supporting existing monitoring programs and establishing new monitoring programs where necessary.
- Broaden citizen participation in conservation and increase awareness of conservation of birds and their habitats through public, private businesses, and governmental outreach.
- Become the principal gateway for people to understand Maryland’s bird life and its conservation needs.