What is an Important Bird Area?
Important Bird Areas (IBAs) provide essential habitat for one or more breeding, wintering, and/or migrating bird species. The IBA Program is designed to be proactive, voluntary, participatory, science-based and works to identify, monitor and conserve the most essential habitats for birds.
Why an Important Bird Area Program?
Increasing land use pressures from urban sprawl, agricultural and forestry practices, and outdoor recreation threatens to diminish both the quantity and quality of critical bird habitat throughout the state. IBAs serve as a catalyst for involving Audubon members and for educating the public about those areas most important for the long-term survival of birds. These areas are an important tool for prioritizing land use options for national, state, and local land managers. Improved decision making regarding land use options will help ensure the long-term health of both common and uncommon bird species.
IBAs and You
IBAs are a natural focus of volunteer monitoring projects, which can lead to positive local stewardship and advocacy. Support the IBA Program through citizen science and stewardship. This may include conducting bird monitoring, volunteering to help land managers, and/or being a conservation advocate.
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