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Important Bird Areas

Red Fish Rocks - David Ledig
Red Fish Rocks - David Ledig

An Important Bird Area (IBA) is a site that has been selected for its outstanding habitat value and the imperative role it plays in hosting birds, whether for breeding, migrating, or over-wintering. Taken together, IBAs form a global network of critical habitat.

The Important Bird Area designation is recognized internationally, and thousands of IBAs have been designated across Europe, Asia and North America. The National Audubon Society coordinates the IBA program in North America; today, there are more than 2,500 state-level IBAs in the U.S. and nearly 450 globally-significant IBAs in the U.S. Audubon Society of Portland oversees the 97 IBAs that have been identified in Oregon.

Map and site descriptions for Oregon IBAs | Portland-area IBA map

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What is an Important Bird Area?
State-level IBAs are nominated through a public process and reviewed by a Technical Advisory Committee. The main goals of this non-regulatory program are to:

  • Identify the most critical places for birds in our state
  • Raise awareness about the importance of these areas
  • Promote stewardship, protection, and enhancement of these sites through partnerships, education, monitoring and hands-on restoration efforts.

For more information contact IBA Coordinator Joe Liebezeit at jliebezeit@audubonportland.org

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