Massachusetts Important Bird Areas (IBA)
What is an IBA?
An IBA (Important Bird Area) is a site providing essential habitat to one or more species of breeding, wintering, and/or migrating birds. The Massachusetts IBA Program is carried out cooperatively by staff from Mass Audubon, a volunteer Technical Committee, and various partner organizations.
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.
IBA Program Brochure
We have an informational brochure about the IBA program that is available for distribution at birding meetings and events. If interested, please contact [email protected] for more information.
What criteria does a site need to meet in order to be nominated for IBA designation? Learn More >
The IBA Technical Committee consisted of 28 of the most knowledgeable birders in the state, and represented virtually every region of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Learn More >
A list of partners involved in the IBA Program and resources for learning more about it. View the List >