International Species Joint Ventures

Species Joint Ventures are international in scope, spanning North America and including circumpolar countries. These joint ventures focus on critical science needs to inform the management of over 20 species (50+ populations) and their related habitats. Additionally, research directed through the species joint ventures addresses questions for other bird species that share the habitats.

The Black Duck Joint Venture (BDJV) spans the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the U.S. states within the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways.The BDJV has successfully developed cooperative banding and survey programs, which support the international harvest management of American Black Ducks. For more information visit

The Arctic Goose Joint Venture (AGJV) spans North America and includes other circumpolar countries. It works to support 28 populations among seven species including: Greater White-fronted, Emperor, Snow, Ross’s, Brant, Cackling, and Canada Geese. Funding is primarily devoted to surveys, banding, and research providing the necessary information to manage and maintain populations near objective levels. For more information visit

The Sea Duck Joint Venture (SDJV) focuses on the conservation needs of all sea ducks in North America developing partnerships with adjacent circumpolar countries sharing these populations. The SDJV coordinates species’ status reviews and establishes immediate research and conservation priorities for the 22 recognized populations among 15 sea duck species. For more information visit