**If you would like to contribute to the Prairie to Pampas Business Plan or continue to be updated on its development, please join the Prairie to Pampas Group **
Approximately 20 grassland bird ecologists from 8 countries met at the Partners in Flight conference to begin developing a business plan for the full life cycle conservation of eastern North America and Southern Cone grassland birds. Over the coarse of our 3-day work session, we prioritized major threats, developed strategies, and began detailing specific projects for potential funders. We see this as the very beginning of the development of this business plan, which is a "living document" to help guide grassland bird conservation and leverage funds for projects that can effectively begin to address threats over the next 5 years.
We are calling the business plan "Prairie to Pampas".
Despite the broad geographical representation at PIF, there were many people who were not able to attend but should be part of this process. Now, we wish to solicit input from as many of you as possible in order to end up with a plan that has the weight of consensus and broad support behind it. In order to work on a document together and efficiently link with other habitat groups undergoing the same process, an online tool called Griffin Groups will be used to coordinate, edit documents, and for general communication about this endeavor.
**If you would like to contribute to the Prairie to Pampas Business Plan or stay updated on its development, please join the Prairie to Pampas Group **
The site, managed by Griffin Groups, is fairly simple to navigate, has a lot of functionality, and there are plenty of help tools. The major drawback is that is does not have a Spanish version yet.
We will no longer be comunicating specifically about the Business Plan on this site, except to inform people of major developments. I encourage you to remain plugged into this site as well, as it will be used to inform people of other grassland bird initiatives and activities.
I hope to see you there!