What is an IBA?

First of all, an IBA is not an "Important Birding Area" - it is an "Important (for) Bird Area". In other words, it's about the birds! Important Bird Areas, or IBAs, are sites that provide essential habitat for one or more species of birds. IBAs may be a few acres or thousands of acres, but they are usually discrete sites that stand out from the surrounding landscape. IBAs may include public or private lands, or both, and they may be protected or unprotected.
Visit http://www.audubon.org/bird/iba/iba_intro.html for more information.

How will IBAs help birds?

Good question! The identification of IBAs is an important first step in larger bird conservation initiatives. IBA inventories provide a scientifically defensible method for prioritizing conservation activities and allocating limited conservation dollars to ensure the maximum benefit to birds.
http://www.audubon.org/bird/iba/help_birds.html for more information.

Why are IBAs important to me?

The IBA project is a grassroots effort that seeks to involve all people in every step of the process. It offers everyone the opportunity to contribute to bird conservation through community involvement in specific and tangible bird conservation projects that will better protect our natural resources (See 'How can I get Involved with the Program). Effective conservation can only be accomplished with the participation and support of people like you! Supporting the IBA project through contribution of your personal time, research, and monies assures that the generations that follow us will have even greater opportunities to observe wildlife in it's natural habitat.

How can I get involved with the Program?

There are many ways for you to get involved in the IBA Program, either as a group or individually. Volunteers are currently needed to assist in both IBA identification and conservation activities. Contact the IBA Coordinator, Mary Elfner, at director@virginiaauduboncouncil.org, for current opportunities OR click the GET INVOLVED tab above you.

How do I find out more about the Virginia IBA Project?

Contact the IBA Coordinator, Mary Elfner, at director@virginiaauduboncouncil.org for more information on the Virginia IBA Project.

Current VA IBAs

VA IBA Nomination

Nomination Form (.pdf)

Instructions (.pdf)