What is the BDJV:
The American black duck (Anas rubripes) of eastern North America has great social, economic and cultural value to the people of Canada and the United States. The black duck was once the most abundant fresh-water duck in eastern North America, by the population declined steadily between the 1950s and 1980s. Researchers and managers proposed several hypotheses to explain the historic decline of black ducks including over-harvest, competition and hybridization with mallards, decrease in quality and quantity of wintering and breeding habitat, and environmental contaminants. Research into each of these hypotheses has provided valuable insight into black duck ecology and management. However, the population remains below desired levels and recent data paint a mixed picture of population growth making the status and sustainability of the American black duck uncertain. In response to this decline the black duck was identified as a “species of international concern” by the U.S. and Canadian federal governments and a “species of greatest conservation” need by 23 states in the Mississippi and Atlantic Flyways. The Black Duck Joint Venture (BDJV) was established in 1989 as the first species joint venture under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) to lead a coordinated monitoring, research, and communications program to restore the population to 640,000 breeding black ducks.
The BDJV is a partnership-based conservation program consisting of member agencies and organizations with responsibility for or interest in the conservation and management of black ducks and other species that share its range. Member Organizations include Federal, state, and provincial wildlife management agencies in the U.S. and Canada and non-government agencies. The BDJV engages the waterfowl and conservation community to promote the conservation of black ducks through four program areas including, Population Monitoring1, Research1, Communications1, and Evaluation1.
To learn more about the Black Duck Joint Venture download the Strategic Plan, 2008-20132.