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2: Conserving Important Bird Areas for
Neotropical Migrants of Conservation Concern - Landbirds
by Steve Maslowski/USFWS
the U.S., over 2,100 sites, encompassing over 300 million
acres of habitat, have now been identified 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.
The first phase of this project focused on eighteen waterbird
species, and results of this review are available here.
This second phase of the project has focused on a list of
45 landbird species, all of which are listed on the Audubon
WatchList and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Birds
of Conservation Concern list. Some of these are categorized
as globally threatened species that are on the International
Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List of
in the first phase, we continue to facilitate
collaboration among our BirdLife partners through sharing
our results online. 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
Bird Areas in the Tropical Andes
for more information on these sites and species.
review of Important Bird Areas for these 45 focal landbird
species, based on available data in the Audubon Important
Bird Areas Database, resulted in a list of 965 Important Bird
Areas documenting the occurrence of one or more of these species.
Using the Global and Continental IBA
Criteria as a framework for comparisons, 202 of these
sites were categorized as high priority sites for the conservation
of these species, based on numbers reported.
below for information on the focal migratory landbird species
of conservation concern and the Important Bird Areas in the
U.S. supporting these particular species.
List of the 45 focal species for this NMBCA project and
links to Important Bird Areas for them.
List and information, by species, of 965 Important Bird
Areas documenting the occurrence of each of the focal 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.