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Nevada Comprehensive Bird Conservation Plan
version 1.0,   December 2010

photoThe Great Basin Bird Observatory (GBBO) is pleased to announce version 1.0 of the Nevada Comprehensive Bird Conservation Plan. This document represents the most complete and up-to-date compendium of data and conservation strategies for Nevada’s birds and their habitats that is currently available to us. It is the result of over two years of concerted effort by GBBO, the Nevada Department of Wildlife, Nevada Partners in Flight, and a multitude of collaborating partners (see Acknowledgement section). Funding for this undertaking was provided by the Nevada Division of State Lands through Question 1 Bond Issue funds for Habitat Conservation Planning awarded to GBBO and the Nevada Department of Wildlife, as well as uncounted hours of in-kind matches provided by our federal, state, and private partners for this undertaking. The plan incorporates data collected over many years as part of GBBO’s Nevada Breeding Bird Atlas project, the Nevada Bird Count, and other monitoring and research projects in our state. Our hope is that conservation planners and resource managers around the state will use this plan to help inform and assist them in their planning efforts and in implementing effective on-the-ground conservation.

Habitat Implementation Worksheet:

As part of our assistance to land management partners we developed a step-by-step worksheet that will identify specific and quantitative goals for a habitat project in Nevada. We recommend reviewing the example and then apply it to your own project in this blank worksheet. This was developed with financial support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nevada Field Office, and we encourage all land managers to use this Plan for planning and funding additional bird conservation action in Nevada. For this, feel free to copy-and-paste any useful information from the Plan. Acknowledgment of the Great Basin Bird Observatory much appreciated.

Methods for estimating bird density from point counts

We envision this plan as a living document that will continually improve as more information on bird conservation in Nevada becomes available. Therefore, we encourage readers to make us aware of major errors, omissions, or newly available studies and other data. For submitting new information, please use the review comment sheet or contact us at

Our updates to the plan will occur as frequently as necessary and possible. Updates will be made available by:

  1. Posting new PDF files for updated sections with the most recent update date. 
  2. Posting a Log of Changes containing a detailed chronological accounting of changes that have been made from the original version 1.0 document. Chapter logs will also be in each section to track what has changed by individual chapter.

Our more frequent updates will only be made to section PDFs. Once a plan revision is warranted, we will announce a new version of the entire plan (ver. 1.1, etc.).  Anytime a new version is posted, the PDF for the entire plan will be updated with all section changes that have been made since the previous version.

We are making the plan available as a single PDF document, as well as a series of PDF documents for individual chapters and species or habitat accounts.

Download the PDF for the entire plan (622 pages) here:

Nevada Comprehensive Bird Conservation Plan, version 1.0

Download individual chapters and sections here:

Title Pages and Acknowledgements


Birds of Nevada

Conservation Concerns

Introduction to Habitat Accounts

Habitat Accounts

Coniferous Forest
Ephemeral Wetland and Playa
Great Basin Lowland Riparian
Joshua Tree
Mojave Lowland Riparian
Mojave Scrub
Montane Riparian
Montane Shrubland
Open Water
Salt Desert Scrub
Wet Meadow

Introduction to Species Accounts

Species Accounts

Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Pintail
Lesser Scaup
Greater Sage-Grouse
Sooty and Dusky Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Mountain Quail
Gambel’s Quail
Common Loon
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark’s Grebe
American White Pelican
Least Bittern
Snowy Egret
White-faced Ibis
Bald Eagle
Northern Goshawk
Swainson’s Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk
Golden Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Prairie Falcon
Clapper Rail
Sandhill Crane
Snowy Plover
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Long-billed Curlew
Marbled Godwit
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson’s Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
Franklin’s Gull
Black Tern
Band-tailed Pigeon
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Flammulated Owl
Burrowing Owl
Spotted Owl
Short-eared Owl
Common Poorwill
White-throated Swift
Costa’s Hummingbird
Calliope Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Lewis’s Woodpecker
Williamson’s Sapsucker
White-headed Woodpecker
Gilded Flicker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Gray Flycatcher
Bell’s Vireo
Gray Vireo
Pinyon Jay
Sage Thrasher
Bendire’s Thrasher
Le Conte’s Thrasher
Virginia’s Warbler
Lucy’s Warbler
Hermit Warbler
Grace’s Warbler
Green-tailed Towhee
Abert’s Towhee
Brewer’s Sparrow
Black-chinned Sparrow
Sage Sparrow
Tricolored Blackbird
Black Rosy-Finch


Literature Cited




Appendix 1: Methods
Appendix 2: Nevada Bird List and Statuses
Appendix 3: Statistical Results
Appendix 4: Comparison of Population Size Estimates
Appendix 5: Habitat Use of Priority Species
Appendix 6: Priority Species Occurrence in Nevada Important Bird Areas

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