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Important Bird Areas Conservation Resources

Images From Left to Right: Map of Important Bird Areas in the U.S., July 2013; Recognition of Tawas Point Important Bird Area in Michigan. Courtesy Peggy Allen; NJDEP Commissioner Bob Martin and students restoring Atlantic white cedar at Northern Pine Barrens Important Bird Area in New Jersey. Courtesy Jean Lynch.

Identify, Engage, and Conserve

Important Bird Areas conservation combines a combination of science with advocacy and outreach and aims to involve local communities and groups in taking action to minimize threats to birds and habitats at sites. Recently, a group of conservation staff throughout the Important Bird Areas network shared some of their success stories and experiences at the 2013 Audubon Convention.

Click below to learn about some of the conservation approaches being employed, the people leading efforts, and how you can get get involved at Important Bird Areas.

The Important Bird Areas Conservation Network

  • Who We Are: List and brief bios for Important Bird Areas contacts at the state level.
    For contact information, click here.
  • Audubon Convention speakers - IBA sessions: Bios for presenters and expert panel of the Important Bird Areas Conservation sessions of the Audubon Convention
    of contacts list, with additional speakers included)


Overview of the Important Bird Areas Program

Important Bird Areas Americas

Important Bird Areas Program in the U.S.

Videos produced by BirdLife International showcasing Important Bird Areas throughout the Americas (approx. 5 min)

Video produced by National Audubon Society, with overview and highlights of Important Bird Areas conservation stories (approx. 10 min).


Presentations Highlighting Conservation Approaches - from 2013 Audubon Convention

  • IMPORTANT BIRD AREAS CONSERVATION : Integrating Communities of Practice in Protecting Birds and Habitat -
    Part I: Volunteer Engagement and Science

    Pdf of comprehensive presentations featuring volunteer engagement, science and monitoring, and conservation of Niagara River Corridor Important Bird Area through efforts led by Buffalo Audubon Society.
  • IMPORTANT BIRD AREAS CONSERVATION : Integrating Communities of Practice in Protecting Birds and Habitat -
    Part II: Partnerships, Policy, Funding

    Pdf of comprehensive presentations focused on partnerships, policy and funding approaches. Also included is a presentation highlighting the conservation work of San Diego Audubon Society at Mission Bay IBA in California.

The Clark Fork River - Grass Valley
Important Bird Area Story
as told by Jim Brown

Video produced by Montana Audubon (approx. 7 min).


More about the organizations, groups, projects sharing their IBA conservation experiences at the Audubon Convention...


Arizona Important Bird Areas

Audubon Arizona

Tucson Audubon Society


North Carolina

Audubon North Carolina


Audubon Mississippi Flyway

Audubon Louisiana

Mississippi River Delta Restoration

Rainey Conservation Alliance


BirdLife International

BirdLife Datazone
Search for information on Global Important Bird Areas

Marine IBA eAtlas
Information about marine Important Bird Areas worldwide

IBA Toolbox

State of the World's Birds
Search for IBA leads to many case studies


More information about Important Bird Areas and activities in your area

Oahu Uplands in Hawaii. Courtesty Eric VanderWerf

More volunteer resources

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April 2014