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of the Important Bird Areas Program!
activities at Important Bird Areas are happening across the
United States and range from land acquisition to habitat restoration,
advocacy on the behalf of Important Bird Areas and the education
of local communities about their unique birds and bird habitats.
Here are success highlights from recent years.
monitoring training workshop at the Patagonia Lake-Sonoita
Creek Natural Area IBA, Arizona. Courtesy Tice Supplee.
pelican flying, with containment boom in background
at Breton National Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana. Photo
by Tom MacKenzie/USFWS.
GIS boundaries for the 400 plus Global IBAs and have begun
delineating extent of protection.
in three states an IBA
Assessment and conservation planning framework designed
to engage volunteers in conservation at Important Bird
Volunteer Day projects in Arizona, Illinois, North
Carolina, and Virginia involving more than 160 volunteers.
Volunteers engaged in habitat cleanup and restoration,
bird monitoring, inventory of sites, mapping, outreach
activities and various training exercises.
the IBA web site to provide more information and tools
for the public and conservationists about Important Bird
to the seminal publication, Important
Bird Areas Americas with a chapter on the U.S.
to the BP Oil spill by prioritizing 20 focal bird species
for more intense conservation and advocacy and made available
information on the network of Important
Bird Areas in the Gulf in a special section of the IBA
are some examples of how States are using the IBA Program
to advance local conservation efforts, often by linking IBA
goals to other initiatives.
California, with partners, is working to engage private
landowners, specifically rice farmers, on innovative conservation
practices to help Tricolored Blackbirds at Important Bird
Areas such as the Surprise
Valley and Tejon
Valley, Important Bird Area in California. Photo by
Louisiana, the presence of IBAs has been cited
by the Army Corps of Engineers as rationale for closing
the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, a ship channel that
contributed to flooding New Orleans and destroyed thousands
of acres of wetlands.
Audubon Maryland/DC efforts, IBAs are incorporated
into a local planning process, helping to curb sprawl
in the county.
Maryland, an agreement between two environmental trusts
and the county is approved, preserving more than 600 acres
along Bacon Ridge Branch at the South
River Greenway IBA.
by Audubon Minnesota have resulted in an agreement
by a developer to deed acreage to a city park and the
placing of easements on wetlands and private lands adjacent
to an IBA.
Woodpecker. a key species at the Continentally Significant
Clark Fork-Grass Valley IBA in Montana. Photo by
Missouri partnered with Audubon chapters, the State
University, and Missouri Department of Conservation to
restore 100-150 acres of habitat within an IBA.
Montana, efforts by Five Valleys Audubon Chapter
in coordination with Montana Audubon, helped stop proposed
development at Clark
Fork River- Grass Valley IBA, a Continentally significant
IBA for Lewis’ Woodpecker, and led to conservation easements
and new partnerships.
New York, partnering with New York City Audubon and
New York City Parks and Recreation undertake habitat
restoration at North
Brother Island IBA, removing invasive trees and shrubs
and planting natives.
by Gus Van Vliet/USFWS. Marbled Murrelet
in North Carolina have led to IBAs being included
in the statewide comprehensive conservation planning tool.
Oregon, volunteers were trained in conducting presence
surveys for the threatened Marbled Murrelet in Yachats,
to raise awareness and to initiate a citizen science
monitoring effort at the Marbled
Murrelet Important Bird Area.
of Audubon South Carolina have resulted in the
expansion of Beidler
Forest IBA through three land acquisitions, protecting
more than 2,500 acres.
a series of Volunteer
Day events at specific IBAs in Arizona, Illinois,
North Carolina, and Virginia, volunteers were engaged
in removal of invasive plants, cleanup, bird monitoring,
education and outreach activities.
Day at Trumbo Hollow, part of Upper Blue Ridge Mountains
Important Bird Area in Virginia. Photo courtesy James
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