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Important Bird Areas for
Neotropical Migrants of Conservation Concern - Landbirds

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Loggerhead Shrike, by Dave Menke/USFWS

In the U.S., one or more of the target migratory landbird species of conservation concern have been reported at 965 identified or recognized Important Bird Areas throughout 41 states, based on analyses of available data in the Important Bird Areas database (See target landbird species). Two-hundred-two of these Important Bird Areas were categorized as high priority sites for the conservation of these Neotropical migrant landbirds, based on comparisons using the Global and Continental IBA Criteria framework. Some of these have already been prioritized as Global for these or other species. Additional IBAs are still in the process of being identified, and data are still being compiled.

See continued list of Important Bird Areas for focal species below. List represents Important Bird Areas for focal species, as of September 2008. Current information is available through the IBA Search tool.

Species

Site Name

State

Current
Priority

High Priority
(Criteria Met)

A1

B1

Kentucky Warbler

Allegheny Highlands

US-VA

State

 

 

 

Amphibolites

US-NC

State

 

 

 

Assunpink Wildlife Management Area

US-NJ

State

 

 

 

Audubon's Francis Beidler Forest

US-SC

State

 

 

 

Baldpate Mountain

US-NJ

State

 

 

 

Beam Woods

US-IA

State

 

 

 

Beanblossom Bottoms

US-IN

State

 

 

 

Bear Swamp Natural Area

US-NJ

State

 

 

 

Bear Swamp/Red Lion Preserve

US-NJ

State

 

 

 

Beaver Swamp Wildlife Management Area

US-NJ

State

 

 

 

Bell Slough Wildlife Management Area

US-AR

State

 

 

 

Belt Woods

US-MD

State

 

 

 

Bienville National Forest

US-MS

State

 

 

 

Big Hammock WMA

US-GA

State

 

 

 

Brookville Lake/Whitewater State Park

US-IN

State

 

 

 

Busch / Weldon / Howell Conservation Area Complex

US-MO

State

 

 

 

Cache-Lower White Rivers

US-AR

Global

 

 

 

Caesars Head State Park

US-SC

State

 

 

 

Cairo Woods Wildlife Area

US-IA

State

 

 

 

Cape May National Wildlife Refuge - Great Cedar Swamp Division

US-NJ

State

 

 

 

Castle Rock State Park and Lowden-Miller SF

US-IL

State

 

 

 

Castor / Whitewater Watershed

US-MO

State

 

 

 

Central Missouri Hills

US-MO

State

 

 

 

Chapman Forest

US-MD

State

 

 

 

Chattahoochee National Forest

US-GA

State

 

 

 

Choctaw Island Wildlife Management Area

US-AR

State

 

 

 

Clinton Wildlife Management Area

US-NJ

State

 

 

 

Congaree  National Park

US-SC

State

 

 

 

Coralville Reservoir/Hawkeye Wildlife Area/Lake McBride State Park

US-IA

State

 

 

 

Crab Orchard NWR

US-IL

State

 

 

 

Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center

US-IN

State

 

 

 

Croatan Forest

US-NC

State

 

 

 

Cuivre River State Park

US-MO

State

 

 

 

Current / Jack's Fork Watershed

US-MO

State

 

 

 

Cussewago Bottom

US-PA

State

 

 

 

Daniel Boone / Little Lost Creek Conservation Areas

US-MO

State

 

 

 

Dawson Forest

US-GA

State

 

 

 

Delaware Coastal Zone

US-DE

State

 

 

 

DiLane Plantation Wildlife Management Area

US-GA

State

 

 

 

Dry Tortugas National Park

US-FL

State

 

 

 

Eagle Creek Park

US-IN

State

 

 

 

Edward G. Bevans (Millville) Wildlife Management Area

US-NJ

State

 

 

 

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge - Barnegat Division

US-NJ

State

 

 

 

Enlow Fork -SGL 302

US-PA

State

 

 

 

Eno River Bottomlands

US-NC

State

 

 

 

Featherbed Lane

US-NJ

State

 

 

 

Fontenelle Forest

US-NE

State

 

 

 

Fort Harrison State Park

US-IN

State

 

 

 

Fort Jackson Military Reservation

US-SC

State

 

 

 

Fortescue Glades Wildlife Refuge

US-NJ

State

 

 

 

Fox River Bottoms

US-MO

State

 

 

 

Franklin Parker Preserve

US-NJ

State

 

 

 

Fulling Mill Road

US-NJ

State

 

 

 

Garret Mountain

US-NJ

State

 

 

 

Great Dismal Swamp

US-VA

State

 

 

 

Greenwood Forest/Pasadena Wildlife Management Area

US-NJ

State

 

 

 

Hamilton-Trenton Marsh

US-NJ

State

 

 

 

Harrison-Crawford Forest Complex

US-IN

State

 

 

 

Hickory and Pickle Creek Hills

US-MO

State

 

 

 

Hickory Hill Park

US-IA

State

 

 

 

Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge

US-AR

State

 

 

 

Hoosier National Forest - Pleasant Run Unit

US-IN

State

 

 

 

Hoosier National Forest - Tell City Unit

US-IN

State

 

 

 

Iatan / Weston River Corridor

US-MO

State

 

 

 

Idylwild

US-MD

State

 

 

 

Indian Cave State Park

US-NE

State

 

 

 

Indian Trail Swamp

US-NJ

State

 

 

 

Jackson-Washington and Clark State Forests

US-IN

State

 

 

 

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

US-GA

State

 

 

 

Lacey Keosauqua State Park

US-IA

State

 

 

 

Laurels, King Ranch and Stroud

US-PA

State

 

 

 

Little River Bottoms

US-AR

State

 

 

 

Lower James River

US-VA

State

 

 

 

Lower Potomac River

US-VA

State

 

 

 

Lower Rappahannock River

US-VA

Global

 

 

 

Lower Tampa Bay

US-FL

Global

 

 

 

Mark Twain NWR Long Island Division

US-IL

State

 

 

 

Mingo Basin

US-MO

State

 

 

 

Mississippi Palisades State Park

US-IL

State

 

 

 

Monroe Lake

US-IN

State

 

 

 

Morgan-Monroe Forest

US-IN

State

 

 

 

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve IBA

US-MN

State

 

 

 

Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge

US-IN

State

 

 

 

Niangua River Basin

US-MO

State

 

 

 

North Fork Woodland and Forest

US-MO

State

 

 

 

Northern Musconetcong Mountain Region

US-NJ

State

 

 

 

Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge

US-MS

State

 

 

 

Ozark National Forest

US-AR

State

 

 

 

Pamunkey and Mattaponi Rivers

US-VA

State

 

 

 

Parkers Creek

US-MD

State

 

 

 

Patapsco Valley

US-MD

State

 

 

 

Patoka River National Widlife Refuge

US-IN

State

 

 

 

Patuxent Research Refuge

US-MD

State

 

 

 

Peaslee Wildlife Management Area

US-NJ

State

 

 

 

Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge

US-GA

State

 

 

 

Pine Mountain

US-VA

State

 

B1

 

Poosey Conservation Area

US-MO

State

 

 

 

Powdermill Nature Reserve

US-PA

State

 

 

 

Powell and Stone Mountains

US-VA

State

 

B1

 

Prettyboy

US-MD

State

 

 

 

Roanoke River Bottomlands

US-NC

State

 

 

 

Sand Hills State Forest (South Carolina Forest Commission)

US-SC

State

 

 

 

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

US-SC

State

 

 

 

Shimek State Forest, Croton Unit

US-IA

State

 

 

 

Shugart/Felsenthal Red-cockaded Woodpecker

US-AR

Global

 

 

 

Sourland Mountain Region

US-NJ

State

 

 

 

South Mountain - Caledonia State Park & Michaux State Forest

US-PA

State

 

 

 

South River Greenway

US-MD

State

 

 

 

State Botanical Garden of Georgia/Whitehall Forest

US-GA

State

 

 

 

Stephens State Forest, Lucas & Whitebreast Units

US-IA

State

 

 

 

Sugar Creek Valley

US-IN

State

 

 

 

Swamp of Toa

US-GA

State

 

 

 

Trail of Tears State Forest

US-IL

State

 

 

 

Tuckahoe Creek

US-MD

State

 

 

 

Unami Creek Valley

US-PA

State

 

 

 

Upper Blue Ridge Mountains

US-VA

State

 

 

 

Upper Des Plaines River Corridor

US-IL

State

 

 

 

Upper Neuse River Bottomlands

US-NC

State

 

 

 

Upper Ridley/Crum

US-PA

State

 

 

 

Vernon Valley Grasslands/Pochuck Marsh

US-NJ

State

 

 

 

Vicksburg National Military Park

US-MS

State

 

 

 

Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge

US-AR

State

 

 

 

West-central Missouri River Bends

US-MO

State

 

 

 

White River Glades and Woodlands

US-MO

State

 

 

 

Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge

US-MS

State

 

 

 

Yellow River Forest/Effigy Mounds National Mounument

US-IA

State

 

 

 

Yellowwood State Forest

US-IN

State

 

 

Select Another Species

Species

Site Name

State

Current
Priority

High Priority
(Criteria Met)

A1

B1

Lawrence's Goldfinch

Agua Fria National Monument

US-AZ

State

 

 

 

Lower Oak Creek

US-AZ

State

 

 

 

Sabino Creek and Lower Bear Creek

US-AZ

State

 

 

 

San Diego Peaks

US-CA

State

 

 

Select Another Species

Species

Site Name

State

Current
Priority

High Priority
(Criteria Met)

A1

B1

Loggerhead Shrike

Adobe Valley

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Agua Fria National Monument

US-AZ

State

 

 

 

Aguanga Area

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Alameda Naval Air Station

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Allegan State Game Area & Kalamazoo River (Galesburg to Saugatuck)

US-MI

Global

 

 

 

Allegheny Highlands

US-VA

State

 

 

 

Altamaha River Delta

US-GA

Global

 

 

 

Altamaha Waterfowl Management Area

US-GA

State

 

 

 

Anderson Mesa

US-AZ

State

 

 

 

Antelope Valley

US-CA

State

 

B1

 

Anza-Borrego Riparian

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Argus Range-Southern

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

US-NV

State

 

 

 

Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge

US-AR

State

 

 

 

Ballona Valley

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Bautista Creek

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Bayou DeView Raptor Area

US-AR

State

 

 

 

Bear Canyon

US-MT

State

 

 

 

Benicia State Recreation Area

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Big Brook Park Region Grasslands

US-NJ

State

 

 

 

Big Morongo Canyon

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Bilk Creek - Montana Mountains

US-NV

Global

 

 

 

Blackland Prairie

US-AR

State

 

 

 

Blue Marsh Lake

US-PA

State

 

 

 

Blue River Complex

US-AZ

State

 

 

 

Boardman Grasslands

US-OR

State

 

 

 

Bolsa de San Felipe

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Bonny Lake State Park and South Republican Management Area

US-CO

State

 

 

 

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

US-AZ

State

 

 

 

Bridgeport Valley

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge

US-CO

State

 

 

 

Buck Island Ranch

US-FL

State

 

 

 

Buena Vista Lake Bed

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Byron Area

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Camp Pendleton

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

US-CO

State

 

 

 

Carrizo Plain

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Carson River Delta

US-NV

State

 

 

 

Carson Valley

US-NV

State

 

 

 

Catclaw Washes Complex

US-NV

State

 

 

 

Channel Islands-Northern

US-CA

Global

 

 

 

Charlie Craig State Fish Hatchery

US-AR

State

 

 

 

Charlie Elliot Management Area

US-GA

State

 

 

 

Cherokee Prairie

US-AR

State

 

 

 

Cima Dome

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Cole Camp Prairies IBA

US-MO

State

 

 

 

Colorado Desert Microphyll Woodland

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Columbia National Wildlife Refuge

US-WA

State

 

 

 

Concord Marshes

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Coralville Reservoir/Hawkeye Wildlife Area/Lake McBride State Park

US-IA

State

 

 

 

Corte Madera Marsh

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Cosumnes River Preserve

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Creighton Ranch

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge

US-NE

State

 

 

 

Crowley Lake

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Culpeper Basin

US-VA

State

 

 

 

Cumberland Island National Seashore

US-GA

Global

 

 

 

Cuyama Valley

US-CA

State

 

 

 

David E. Moore Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary

US-NV

State

 

 

 

Deep Springs Valley

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Dunbar Slough

US-IA

State

 

 

 

East Diablo Range

US-CA

State

 

 

 

East Mojave Springs

US-CA

State

 

 

 

East Park Reservoir

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Edwards Air Force Base

US-CA

State

 

 

 

El Dorado Prairies

US-MO

State

 

 

 

Elephant Tree Forest

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Elk Creek Marsh

US-IA

State

 

 

 

Elkhorn Slough

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge - Bradley Unit

US-GA

State

 

 

 

Fall River Valley Area

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Feather River-Lower

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Fitzner-Eberhardt Arid Lands Ecology Reserve

US-WA

State

 

 

 

Flint Creek Power Plant

US-AR

State

 

 

 

Fort Jackson Military Reservation

US-SC

State

 

 

 

Goleta Coast

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Goose Lake, Kern Co.

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Goose Lake, Modoc Co.

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Grasslands Ecological Area

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Great Basin National Park

US-NV

State

 

 

 

Hanford Reach

US-WA

State

 

 

 

Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge

US-GA

State

 

 

 

Herricks Cove IBA

US-VT

State

 

 

 

High Rock Resource Area

US-NV

Global

 

 

 

Hilton Pond Center (Important Bird Research Area)

US-SC

State

 

 

 

Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge

US-AR

State

 

 

 

Honey Lake Valley

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Idaho National Laboratory (INL)

US-ID

State

 

B1

 

Imperial Valley

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Indiangrass Hills

US-IA

State

 

 

 

Jekyll Island

US-GA

State

 

 

 

Jepson Grasslands

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Kellerton Bird Conservation Area

US-IA

State

 

 

 

Kelso Creek

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Kern National Wildlife Refuge

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Klamath Basin/ Clear Lake

US-CA

State

 

 

 

LaGrange-Waterford Grasslands

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Lake Casitas

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Lake Elsinore

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Lake Mathews/ Estelle Mountain

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Lake Rathbun  Reservoir

US-IA

State

 

 

 

Lake Success

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Lancaster County Saline Wetlands

US-NE

State

 

 

 

Laramie Greenbelt

US-WY

State

 

 

 

Little Otter Creek WMA IBA

US-VT

State

 

 

 

Little Sandy Landscape

US-WY

State

 

 

 

Lone Willow Slough

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Lonesome Lake

US-MT

State

 

 

 

Lopez Lake

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Los Angeles Flood Control Basins

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Lost Mound Unit, Savanna District of the Upper Mississippi River NWR

US-IL

State

 

 

 

Lower Colorado River Valley

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Lower James River

US-VA

State

 

 

 

Lower Los Angeles River

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Meadow Valley Wash

US-NV

State

 

 

 

Medicine Creek W.A. / southern Wayne County grasslands

US-IA

State

 

 

 

Medway Plantation

US-SC

State

 

 

 

Mendota Wildlife Area

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Merced Grasslands

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

US-IL

State

 

 

 

Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge

US-ID

Global

 

 

 

Mission Bay

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge

US-MS

State

 

 

 

Moapa Valley

US-NV

State

 

 

 

Modoc Plateau

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Mojave River

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Monitor Valley

US-NV

State

 

 

 

Mono Highlands

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Mono Lake Basin

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Mt. Rogers/White Top Mountain

US-VA

State

 

 

 

Napa Lakes

US-CA

State

 

 

 

North Mojave Dry Lakes

US-CA

State

 

 

 

North Potholes Preserve

US-WA

State

 

 

 

North Richmond Wetlands

US-CA

State

 

 

 

North Ruby Valley

US-NV

State

 

 

 

North San Diego Lagoons

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Oasis Valley

US-NV

State

 

 

 

Orange Coast Wetlands

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Orange County Wilderness Parks

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Otter Slough Conservation Area

US-MO

State

 

 

 

Overflow National Wildlife Refuge

US-AR

State

 

 

 

Owens Lake

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Owens River

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Owyhee Uplands

US-ID

State

 

 

 

Ozark National Forest

US-AR

State

 

 

 

Pamo Valley

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Panoche Valley

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Perico Creek on the Kiowa

US-NM

State

 

 

 

Phinizy Swamp

US-GA

State

 

 

 

Pine City Natural Area

US-AR

State

 

 

 

Pixley National Wildlife Refuge

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Point Mugu

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Poosey Conservation Area

US-MO

State

 

 

 

Prairie Ridge State Natural Area - Jasper and Marion Units

US-IL

State

 

 

 

Puente-Chino Hills

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Pyramid State Park

US-IL

State

 

 

 

Quilomene-Colockum Wildlife Area

US-WA

State

 

 

 

Radford Army Ammunition Plant

US-VA

State

 

 

 

Red Desert

US-WY

State

 

 

 

Ruthven Wildlife Area/Dewey's Pasture

US-IA

State

 

 

 

Sacramento River-Upper

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Sacramento Valley Wetlands

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Salinas River-Lower

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Salinas River-Middle

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Salt Spring Valley

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Salton Sea

US-CA

State

 

 

 

San Antonio Valley

US-CA

State

 

 

 

San Clemente Island

US-CA

State

 

B1

 

San Diego Bay

US-CA

State

 

 

 

San Diego National Wildlife Refuge-Eastern

US-CA

State

 

 

 

San Emigdio Canyon

US-CA

State

 

 

 

San Francisco Bay-South

US-CA

State

 

 

 

San Jacinto Valley

US-CA

State

 

 

 

San Joaquin Hills

US-CA

State

 

 

 

San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge

US-CA

State

 

 

 

San Juan County - Gunnison Sage-Grouse

US-UT

Global

 

 

 

San Luis Rey River

US-CA

State

 

 

 

San Pablo Bay Wetlands

US-CA

State

 

 

 

San Pasqual Valley

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Sand Hills State Forest (South Carolina Forest Commission)

US-SC

State

 

 

 

Sandhills East

US-NC

State

 

 

 

Sandhills West

US-NC

State

 

 

 

Santa Ana River Valley

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Santa Clara River Valley

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Santa Margarita Valley

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Santa Maria River Valley

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Santa Ynez River Valley

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

US-SC

State

 

 

 

Sea Pines Forest Preserve

US-SC

State

 

 

 

Sedan Wildlife Management Area

US-IA

State

 

 

 

Shasta Valley

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Sheldon NWR

US-NV

Global

 

 

 

Shoshone-Tecopa Area

US-CA

State

 

 

 

Shugart/Felsenthal Red-cockaded Woodpecker