Saving Important Bird Areas

Photo: Georgia Wilson, Viera Rockledge

The Important Bird Area (IBA) program is a global program founded by BirdLife International in the 1980's with the goals of identifying, monitoring, and protecting the most important places for birds. The National Audubon Society is the IBA partner organization for the United States, and is leading the way to protect these iconic places and the birds that depend on them, and mobilizing our network of Chapters to act as stewards.

The Arizona IBA Program was established in 2001 and is co-administered by Audubon Arizona and the Tucson Audubon Society. The Arizona IBA Program works in partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department (through the Arizona Bird Conservation Initiative), the Sonoran Joint Venture, the Inter-mountain West Joint Venture, Arizona State Parks, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

The sites identified and protected through this program are part of a network of 8,000 sites in 178 countries, and are critical to the ongoing survival of wild bird populations.

Craig's Big Year Birdathon
Important Bird Areas

Craig's Big Year Birdathon

46 Important Bird Areas. Hundreds of species. Fabulous prizes. One Bird Nerd.

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Important Bird Areas
Important Bird Areas

Important Bird Areas

The center piece of the Audubon Arizona science program is the Important Bird Areas program.

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Arizona Watchlist
Important Bird Areas

Arizona Watchlist

There are 47 WatchList Species in Arizona: Red Species: 11, Yellow Species: 36

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Volunteer with the Important Bird Areas program
Important Bird Areas

Volunteer with the Important Bird Areas program

Learn about community science and volunteer opportunities

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2016 Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo survey materials
Conservation

2016 Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo survey materials

Everything you need (minus your state and federal permits) to run surveys for the threatened Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

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IBA Story Map Tour
Important Bird Areas

Take a virtual tour of Arizona's Important Bird Areas!

Check out this Story Map to learn more about the places in Arizona most important to birds.

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