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Virginia Important Bird Areas


IBA Contact
Mary Elfner
IBA Coordinator


Audubon Links

Virginia Audubon Council

National Audubon Society


IBA Partners

Coastal Zone Management Program

VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Virginia Society of Ornithology

Center for
Conservation Biology


VA IBA Nomination

Nomination Form (.pdf)

Instructions (.pdf)

Nomination Form (.doc)

Instructions (.doc)


See what's happening at our
James River Great Blue Heron Rookery!

Save the Dates: March 3, 17, 31 and April 7
2012 Great Blue Heron Rookery Walks

2009 Annual Report Available Now!

The Virginia IBA Program has identified 20 IBAs since 2002 representing all regions of the state and highlighting the tremendous habitat and species diversity that Virginia has to offer. These sites cover more than 12% of the Commonwealth and support over 100 at-risk species. They are truly special places for birds!

The Virginia IBA Program is currently working with private landowners to conserve land in the Culpeper Basin Important Bird Area. Download brochure for more details.

For summaries of the birds and habitats supported at each of these sites, click here.

Learn more about Virginia's IBAs!
Click here
for downloadable fact sheets on IBAs.

For the latest in Virginia IBA activities, click here to read the latest edition of the IBA Newsletter.

 Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron - photo by Al Warfield

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Updated February 2012
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