IBA Criteria Category 5

Bird banding © C L Padden
Bird banding © C L Padden

Sites important for long-term research and/or monitoring projects that contribute substantially to ornithology, bird conservation, and/or education.

These are generally sites with a distinguished record and/or unique potential for long-term monitoring, or that possess exceptional educational value. Such sites may occur within urban, suburban, or rural settings. Evidence should be cited documenting the area’s value, such as through publications of research conducted at the site, or reports/evaluations for nonacademic educational facilities. Insofar as these sites are not necessarily essential habitats for birds, they are technically not Important Bird Areas, but they are nevertheless considered important to identify and conserve.