Photo: David Yeany
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:
Already across the US more than 1700 IBAs have been identified and many thousands of acres have been protected.
Join us on February 29th at the Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center as we work together to advocate for birds and bird conservation on the local, state, and federal levels.