Species Working Groups

Species Working Groups are at the heart of Road to Recovery's approach to recovering bird species. We have resources, tools, and contact directories to advance this work.

Use our directory to join, collaborate with, or establish a species working group. This directory includes contact information for members of species working groups and associated Joint Ventures. It also identifies tipping point species without species working groups. Contact us (r2rbirds@gmail.com) with information to add to, or update, this directory.

Species Working Group Directory

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R2R Species Recovery Progress Wheel

One of the products of R2R’s Gap Analysis is the Species Recovery Progress Wheel—a self-assessment tool that Species Working Groups can use to gauge focal species progress toward population recovery following the R2R approach. 

The Wheel tool is currently available as a downloadable macro-enabled Excel workbook (click here), with instructions on the first tab (worksheet) in the workbook. Please also download the full instructions here

Image of the summary of gap analysis data as a recovery progress wheel

The Wheel arranges biological, social science/human dimensions, co-production, and inclusivity criteria into six broad action categories. Each category is divided into three segments, with five steps (criteria) for each of the segments—a total of 90 distinct criteria in all. The criteria are intended to provide progressive step-wise guidance, proceeding clockwise from Group Organization to Implementation and from the center toward the periphery (steps 1 to 5) in each of the segments. Following R2R’s initial two workshops, the segment steps from Vulnerability Assessment through Limiting Factor Identification tend to follow R2R’s recommended guidance more prescriptively. Nonetheless, since each species and each working group is unique, a team may find that their self-assessment may not always populate the Wheel progressively. Once a self-assessment is completed, a Species Working Group can use the Wheel graphic to demonstrate progress and/or request funding for future work. In this latest version, the Wheel can also be used to display recent progress (e.g., as a result of newly funded accomplishments).

Please send a copy of your completed assessment to r2rbirds@gmail.com so that R2R can keep track of the Species Working Groups that have worked with the self-assessment tool.

Mountain Plover on a nest

Mountain Plover photo by Michael Wunder

The Road to Recovery

Guidance Document

In 2019 Rosenberg et. al. documented the loss of nearly 3 billion birds from U.S./Canada avifauna. Road to Recovery’s response and vision is to use targeted and actionable science to recover declining bird populations before they become extinct. We take a species-specific approach to mitigate threats and ensure sustained recovery of the most at-risk species. Bird conservation is inextricably linked to human activities and well-being via shared resource concerns, and we therefore embrace fully incorporating human dimensions in the recovery process. We challenge ourselves to continue to learn to effectively integrate the social sciences, co-production, communications, community engagement, and social justice in each step of the recovery process.