Important Bird Area Program in Montana

By dcronenwett November 29, 2018
Centennial Valley-Red Rocks National Wildlife Refuge- IBA

John Lambing, photo.

Long-term conservation of birds and their habitats is a major goal of Montana Audubon. Central to this goal is the Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program which is a global initiative to identify, monitor, and protect a network of sites critical for the conservation of birds. Since 1995, the National Audubon Society has taken the lead in implementing the IBA Program in the US, and Montana Audubon administers the program in Montana.

IBAs are part of a conservation strategy that focuses attention on key habitats and bird species. The concept is simple: to identify and compile an inventory of areas that sustain healthy populations of birds (usually species of conservation concern), and then focus conservation efforts on these sites so that their qualities can be maintained. Habitat conservation is then achievable through acquisitions or easements, establishing voluntary best practices or management agreements, or through other protective measures. IBA designations are not legally binding.

To learn more about the Important Bird Area program in Montana and Montana Audubon’s role, click here.