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Species of Common Conservation Concern Working Table

Species of common conservation concern under the Trilateral Committee include, but are not limited to cross-border species (species that move across borders or populations that are shared among the countries).

Mission Statement"To promote cooperative, comprehensive strategies and implementation of trilateral actions for the conservation of native wild plants and animals of concern and control of invasive species across North America."

This table facilitates dialogue between North American resource managers, allowing them to learn from each other's experience.  This is enriched by the participation of state natural resource agencies and non-governmental organizations. This table encourages, supports, facilitates and endorses activities for the conservation of native species and habitats through collaborative, community-based projects for several species, often providing income for local residents while protecting species at risk.


  • Endorsed the Memorandum of Understanding for the Conservation of the California Condor at the 2014 Annual Trilateral Committee Meeting. (English version/Spanish version)
  • Supported activities for the reintroduction, re-establishment, restoration, and/or recovery of species of common conservation concern in North America, such as the California condor, the black-footed ferret, the black-tailed prairie dog; the Mexican wolf, several species of native fish, the Tarahumara and Chiricahua leopard frogs, and the Sonoran pronghorn.
  • Provided important advice to law enforcement divisions on high priority conservation issues such as sea turtles’ nesting beach conservation, as well as cross-border transport of culturally significant items from golden and bald eagles.
  • Developed and implemented a wide array of educational and public outreach activities in support of conservation efforts related to species such as the thick-billed parrot, several species of bats, and the monarch butterfly, as well as other species.
  • Conducted field activities in partnership with other entities, to promote the conservation of key species and their habitats, including the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl, the leopard frog, jaguar, and cacti.
  • Supported on-the-ground activities towards the conservation of species such as the burrowing owl, as well as towards the conservation and management of shared habitats such as grasslands. This has been done through land protection, restoration and management, and in collaboration with partners throughout North America, including NACEC.
  • Addressed common emerging threats to North America’s biological diversity, including wildlife diseases, such as West Nile virus and avian influenza, as well as invasive species, such as cactus moth, guineagrass, buffelgrass, and Brazilian pepper.
  • Other activities of this table include those in support of the conservation and management of other important species, including the following: white-winged dove; piping plover; humpback whale; masked bobwhite quail; pink-footed sheerwater; burrowing owl; leatherback, loggerhead and hawksbill sea turtles; gray whale; ocelot; golden and bald eagles; light-footed clapper rail, and others.


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