In September 2016, the Bird Conservation Committee formed a work group to collaboratively address the significant declines faced by many grassland-associated bird species. The Grassland Work Group was charged with completing these tasks within two years:
- Develop a resolution outlining the crisis and prioritizing grassland birds conservation by AFWA and participating states for consideration by the AFWA Resolutions Committee
- Facilitate evaluation of tri-national grassland habitats and bird conservation efforts and develop a report with synopsis of current programs (goals, objectives, funding entities, etc.) and recommendations for collaboratively and collectively addressing declines in the broad suite of grassland birds,
- Develop a National Conservation Need proposal to address grassland bird conservation needs currently identified by conservation partners and to operationally address potential new recommendations from the above evaluation, and
- Encourage prioritization of grassland birds conservation in budgeting of federal agencies, and identify other sources of funding that could support grassland conservation work.