American Avocet American Avocet
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The Central Valley Joint Venture (CVJV) is a self-directed coalition consisting of 19 State and Federal agencies, private conservation organizations and one corporation. This partnership directs their efforts toward the common goal of providing for the habitat needs of migrating and resident birds in the Central Valley of California. The CVJV was established in 1988 as a regional partnership focused on the conservation of waterfowl and wetlands under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. It has since broadened its focus to the conservation of habitats for other birds, consistent with major national and international bird conservation plans and the North American Bird Conservation Initiative.

In 1990, the CVJV developed its first strategy document, the Central Valley Habitat Joint Venture Implementation Plan. In 2006, the Plan was updated to incorporate new information and broaden the scope of conservation activities to include objectives for shorebirds, waterbirds, and riparian songbirds. Now, the 2020 Central Valley Joint Venture Implementation Plan updates and expands on these previous efforts to incorporate new science, new bird groups, and the practical constraints of water availability, conservation opportunities, current and predicted shifts in climate, and the impacts and needs of human communities in the region.

Central Valley Joint Venture Management Board Central Valley Joint Venture Management Board (2010)


The CVJV partnership has earned an impressive record of accomplishment since its inception in 1988, and is making great progress towards meeting the objectives identified in its 2020 Implementation Plan.