Preventing Extinctions Americas

Hooded Grebe Photo: Dario Podestà
Hooded Grebe Photo: Dario Podestà


The BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme was launched in 2007 in an attempt to counteract an increasingly wide range of threats to birds by bringing conservation actions, underpinned by science, to where they are most needed. The programme is implemented by the BirdLife Global Partnership, with Partners taking on different roles, some more geared towards implementing action, and others more to fundraising. In relation to these roles, and central to the program is the development of two new communities, BirdLife Species Guardians, experts who will take the lead in conserving threatened species in their country and BirdLife Species Champions, organisations or individuals who will raise awareness of and fund the vital conservation that is so urgently required. The Americas is an incredibly important geographical area for the programme, given the large numbers of Critically Endangered and other threatened species present in the region.

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The BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme is counteracting an increasingly diverse array of threats to birds by delivering conservation action, underpinned by science, where it is most needed. In a collaboration of rigorous science, practical conservation, innovative fundraising and wide-ranging communication, the BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme aims to deliver something ground breaking: preventing the extinction of another bird species. The programme is implemented by the BirdLife Partnership working with whoever is best placed to help a particular species. Find out more about the BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme


  • In total, 17 Preventing Extinctions Programme projects were implemented in nine Americas countries during 2011: one in North America (Mexico); five in the Caribbean (Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago, Cuba and Grenada); and 11 in South America (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru). Thirteen projects were completed during 2011, and the remaining four were completed in 2012. A total of 17 Critically Endangered species benefitted from these projects in 23 IBAs (12 of which are also AZE sites).
  • Species Action Plans where developed for four species, namely: Trinidad Piping-guan Pipile pipile, Short-crested Coquette Lophornis brachylophus, Black-breasted Puffleg Eriocnemis nigrivestis and Royal Cinclodes Cinclodes aricomae. The Action Plan for Short-crested Coquette will be published after all stakeholders have revised the document. An action plan for Black-breasted Puffleg was published in English in 2008, and the Spanish version is in development. An updated conservation plan for Grenada Dove Leptotila wellsi is being planned.
  • Research was carried out for 11 Critically Endangered species, and management actions implemented for four. Awareness campaigns and publicity featured significantly in projects for 12 species, and policy, legislation and enforcement actions covered six species.
  • During 2011, Species Guardians were assigned to three species: Aves Argentina for Hooded Grebe Podiceps gallardoi, and Oikonos (a Chilean NGO working on marine ecosystem conservation) for Juan Fernández Firecrown Sephanoides fernandensis and Masafuera Rayadito Aphrastura masafuerae. This brings the total of species with Species Guardians in the Americas to 28.