When Boreal Partners in Flight was first formed in November 1991, we were concerned with the downward trend in populations in other parts of the continent, and realized that we knew little about the landbirds that breed in boreal regions. We decided to combine our efforts to determine the status of northern bird populations. Our main objectives are to:
- establish statewide bird inventory and monitoring programs,
- conduct research on factors affecting the status of northern populations,
- provide information about birds to land managers in Alaska,
- educate the public about the conservation of birds and their habitats, and
- share information about our birds with people who live where our birds migrate and winter.
Boreal Partners in Flight has over 100 members, including representatives from all the major federal land and resource managers in Alaska and Canada, state and provincial agencies, universities, Alaska Native corporations, and local environmental consulting firms. Nongovernmental organizations such as the Alaska Bird Observatory, Alaska Natural Heritage Program, and local chapters of the National Audubon Society play key roles. The foundation of the program, however, relies on the commitment of individuals. Boreal Partners in Flight includes biologists, land managers, teachers, and birders–a diverse, active, and dedicated group.