Habitat loss and degradation due to human expansion is the most serious threat to the survival of many bird species here and abroad. The Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program is a worldwide response to this challenge.
The goal of the IBA Program is to identify and conserve key breeding and feeding sites for birds. An Important Bird Area is a place that provides essential habitat for one or more species of bird for breeding, wintering, or migration. These sites are considered to be exceptionally important for bird conservation. Within the United States, the IBA program is part of the larger Partners in Flight program, which is part of the larger North American Bird Conservation Initiative. These larger-scale programs provide additional landscape and species management. Together these approaches are designed to help ensure the survival of all bird species.
In order to identify IBAs, we need the input of birders, land managers, refuge and wildlife keepers, nature center directors, forest watchers, and all others who might know of an area that they think is important to the future preservation of our bird populations.
For more information about the Georgia IBA program, contact IBA Coordinator:
Charlie Muise, 368 Eady Creek Road, Barnesville, GA 30204
Related: View North American Bird Conservation Regions.
Please use eBird, an online checklist program provided by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, to enter the species you have seen at Georgia's IBAs. These sightings allow Charlie Muise to assist with gathering additional information concerning occurrence of these species at designated IBAs: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/