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Conserving Important Bird Areas for
Neotropical Migrants of Conservation Concern
Long-billed Curlew, Photo by Gary Kramer/USFWS
To date, the Important Bird Areas Program in the U.S. has identified over 2,000 sites, covering over 200 million acres, as areas which provide essential habitat for one or more species of birds in breeding, wintering, or in passage. A number of these sites have been identified for their significance to species of conservation concern, both from a regional and global perspective. Through the support of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) grant, the U.S. IBA Program has focused efforts on compiling information for these IBAs which support populations of particular Neotropical migrants of conservation concern and prioritizing these sites for conservation actions. This first phase of the project has centered on a list of eighteen waterbird species, all of which are on the Audubon WatchList. By compiling and sharing these data, we hope to facilitate collaboration among our BirdLife partners hemispherically in our collective efforts to protect birds.
Information on Important Bird Areas supporting some of these same Neotropical migrants in the tropical Andes has been summarized by BirdLife International and is available online. Visit the summary of Important Bird Areas in the Tropical Andes for more information on these sites and species.
Click below for information on the focal migratory waterbird species of conservation concern and the Important Bird Areas in the U.S. supporting these particular species.
Listing and information on approximately 380 Important Bird Areas found to support one or more of the target species in significant numbers. Where available, data for sites include information on species, ownership, habitat, land use, and conservation issues at the site.
Information on the 18 focal species for this NMBCA project and the Important Bird Areas which support these species. Includes distribution maps for individual species detailing general locations of some of the documented sites important for these species.
For general information about the Important Bird Areas Program, see http://www.audubon.org/bird/iba. To search for information on additional Important Bird Areas throughout the country, click here.
This project has been possible thanks to the generous support of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Grant of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Last Updated March 2007