The Canadian Intermountain Joint Venture (CIJV) is one of the most ecologically diverse regions in Canada. It operates in the Interior of British Columbia (BC) and the Rocky Mountain portion of Alberta, and includes desert, grasslands, shrub-steppe, riparian, wetlands, dry and moist coniferous forests and alpine tundra habitats. The area supports a rich diversity of plants and wildlife including significant populations of waterfowl, shorebirds, waterbirds and landbirds.
Formed in 2003, as one of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan’s network of 21 habitat‑based and 3 species‑based joint ventures stretching across Canada, the United States and Mexico, the CIJV goal is to sustain healthy populations of migratory birds using sound science and a partnership approach to implement habitat conservation projects.
- Home to 373 bird species, 19 of which are Endangered, Threatened or of Special Concern under Canada’s Species at Risk Act
- Has the highest diversity of owls, woodpeckers, swifts and hummingbirds in Canada
- Supports 1.45 million waterfowl in the breeding season
- Contains more than 1,500 species of native vascular plants, 43 species of fish, 29 species of amphibians and reptiles and 94 species of mammals