Important Bird Areas - IBAs

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Hitchcock Wildlife Area - first officially recognized IBAAlthough not all great birding areas can be called Important Bird Areas, the reverse is certainly true.  IBAs are core to the mission of Iowa Audubon of protecting birds and their habitats.  IBAs are designated for their significance as either breeding locations for criteria species or as locations important for large numbers of migratory or wintering birds. There are many ways to get involved with Iowa Audubon's IBA program.

  • Identify the most essential areas for birds

  • Monitor those sites for changes to birds and habitat

  • Conserve these areas for long-term protection of birds and biodiversity
You can become involved in the IBA program:

A project of this scope naturally requires a number of partners in both the public and private sectors.  If your organization would like to become a partner, please Contact Us.