Important Bird Areas (IBA)

The Nongame Wildlife Program and Audubon Minnesota have launched an innovative program aimed at conserving critical bird habitats.

Habitat loss remains the greatest threat to bird populations around the world, across America, and right here in Minnesota where 20% of our bird species are at risk. Minnesota Important Bird Areas will help solve this problem!

Important Bird Areas are voluntary and non-regulatory, and part of an international conservation effort. The program relies on participation of private landowners, public land managers, and community members to:

  • identify the most essential habitats for birds and designates Important Bird Areas in Minnesota
  • monitor these areas for changes to birds and their habitats
  • conserve these areas for long-term protection of birds

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