Massachusetts Important Bird Areas
What is an IBA?
|American Oystercatcher. Photo by Blair Nikula.|
An IBA (Important Bird Area) is a site providing essential habitat to one or more species of breeding, wintering, and/or migrating birds. The primary goals of the IBA program are:
To identify, nominate, and designate key sites that contribute to the preservation of significant bird populations or communities.
- To provide information that will help land managers evaluate areas for habitat management and/or land acquisition.
- To activate public and private participation in bird conservation efforts.
- To provide public education and community outreach opportunities.
The Massachusetts Important Bird Area Program (IBA) is carried out cooperatively by staff from Mass Audubon, a volunteer Technical Committee and various partner organizations. We have an informational brochure (PDF - 400KB) about the IBA program that is available for distribution at birding meetings and events. If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.