PHJV Vision

Healthy prairie, parkland and boreal landscapes that support sustainable bird populations and provide ecological and economic benefits to society.

PHJV Mission

To provide leadership to achieve healthy and diverse waterfowl and other bird populations through conservation partnerships. These partnerships strive for sustainable and responsible management of the landscape taking into account social, economic and environmental factors.

The Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV) partnership was formed by federal, provincial, and non-governmental organizations to deliver the North American Waterfowl Management Plan in Prairie Canada, and later expanded to include the Western Boreal Forest.

The PHJV partnership is one of 24 Migratory Bird Joint Ventures spanning North America and one of the original Joint Ventures under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP). Creation of the PHJV and other joint ventures is an enduring legacy of NAWMP, and a primary reason for the Plan’s success.

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North American Habitat Joint Ventures Map
North American Habitat Joint Ventures Map | Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

PHJV Goals

Bird Populations

Duck populations are maintained at average levels recorded during 1955-2014, recognizing that abundance and species composition will fluctuate in response to variable pond and upland habitat conditions. Goals for other bird species are aligned with those specified in Bird Conservation Region Plans, the Partners in Flight Landbird Conservation Plan (2016), and Recovery Plans for Federally listed Species at Risk.


The Prairie Parkland Region and the Western Boreal Forest are capable of sustaining duck populations at levels recorded during 1955-2014, including populations in years of peak abundances, by maintaining the PHJV’s carrying capacity (wetlands support breeding pairs; reproductive and survival rates allow population growth). Identify and pursue opportunities to retain and restore key habitats for non-waterfowl species, with a particular focus on native grasslands and surrounding wetlands.


  1. Programs and policies are delivered and advocated that favour both conservation and the long-term sustainability of agricultural communities.
  2. Citizens understand and value the benefits of wetland and waterfowl habitat and take action to support conservation initiatives.