The first step in strategically implementing habitat conservation is to determine priority species and develop population objectives for those species; this ultimately tells us how much habitat is needed to sustain bird population at goal levels. The NGPJV has identified the following priority species from which to base conservation planning.   NGPJV_Priority_Birds_Report__2012_v2.pdf>

Waterfowl Shorebirds Waterbirds  Landbirds
American Wigeon Black-bellied Plover American Avocet Baird’s sparrow
Blue-winged Teal Black Tern American bittern Black-billed cuckoo
Canvasback Interior Least Tern American White Pelican Black-billed magpie
Mallard Long-billed Curlew Black-crowned Night Heron Brewer’s sparrow
Northern Pintail Marbled Godwit Eared Grebe Burrowing owl
Redhead Mountain Plover Pied-billed Grebe Chestnut-c. Longspur
  Piping Plover Western Grebe Ferruginous hawk
  Solitary Sandpiper Whimbrel Golden eagle
  Stilt Sandpiper

Wilson's Phalarope

Grasshopper sparrow
  Upland Sandpiper   Greater Sage-grouse
  Willet   Lark Bunting
      Loggerhead shrike
      McCown’s longspur
      Mountain plover
      Red-headed woodpecker
      Sharp-tailed grouse
      Short-eared owl
      Spotted towhee
      Sprague’s pipit
      Swainson’s hawk
       Wild turkey
      Willow Flycather