Saving Important Bird Areas

Photo: David Yeany

An Overview
The Important Bird Areas Program in Maryland and DC is part of an international initiative, which was started in Europe in the 1980s by Birdlife International and has now spread worldwide with programs in over 150 countries. In the US, the National Audubon Society is Birdlife’s partner and has established IBA programs in 46 states.

The goals of the program are to identify the areas most essential for sustaining native bird populations, and then to focus conservation efforts on these places. Program goals are achieved through three areas of action:

  • Identify the most essential areas for birds
  • Monitor those sites for changes to birds and habitat
  • Conserve these areas for long-term protection of bird populations

Already across the US more than 1700 IBAs have been identified and many thousands of acres have been protected.

Sponsor Audubon Maryland-DC's 8th Annual Birdathon
Important Bird Areas

Support our 8th Annual Birdathon

Support habitat protection and stewardship at Maryland's 43 Important Bird Areas (IBAs).

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Join us for our 2nd Annual "I Bird, I Vote" Bird Conservation Summit on March 4th!
Important Bird Areas

2nd Annual "I Bird, I Vote" Bird Conservation Summit

Register to join us on March 4th as we discuss "Fracking, Land Use, and the Federal Outlook: What's at Stake for Birds?" at Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center.

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Tern Island is for the Birds
Important Bird Areas

Tern Island (Maryland Coastal Bays IBA)

Located in the bays behind Ocean City, Tern Island is one of four critical island nesting refuges for some of Maryland's most endangered seabirds

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Southern Maryland Important Bird Areas Inform Land Use Planning
Important Bird Areas

Southern Maryland IBAs Inform Land Use Planning

Learn more about the seven IBAs in Southern Maryland and what you can do to protect them.

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IBA Champions
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IBA Champions

Citizens working to protect Important Bird Areas

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How to Nominate an Important Bird Area
Important Bird Areas

How to Nominate an Important Bird Area

Audubon Maryland-DC's IBA Program invites nominations for IBAs in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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Important Bird Areas
Important Bird Areas

Maryland's Important Bird Area Program

Identifying the areas in Maryland & DC most essential for sustaining native bird populations, and focusing conservation efforts on these places.

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IBAs in Maryland
Important Bird Areas

IBAs in Maryland

See if there is an Important Bird Area near where you live

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How you can help, right now