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  • U.S. IBA Program 16 Mar2009

    1. 1. The Important Bird Areas Program in the U.S.
    2. 2. The Important Bird Areas Program <ul><li>Introduction to the Program </li></ul><ul><li>Program Process and Status </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation of IBAs </li></ul>
    3. 3. The IBA Program seeks to identify, protect, and conserve a network of sites that are important for the long-term viability of naturally occurring bird populations, across their geographical range…
    4. 4. Factors affecting Biodiversity
    5. 6. BirdLife International Partnership - Network of Global IBAs -
    6. 8. The Important Bird Areas Program <ul><li>Introduction to the Program </li></ul><ul><li>Program Process and Status </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation of IBAs </li></ul>
    7. 9. Audubon IBA Program Vision <ul><li>A structured science-based approach for addressing the largest threat to birds – habitat loss and now climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Site-based conservation that engages people & communities </li></ul><ul><li>Flagship conservation endeavor for Audubon: sites for focusing conservation action with measurable results </li></ul><ul><li>Local Implementation - conservation leadership in all states </li></ul><ul><li>Nationwide - nationally coordinated effort </li></ul>
    8. 10. The IBA Process in the U.S. <ul><li>Select a State IBA Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Establish IBA Committees </li></ul><ul><li>Identify IBAs </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritize IBAs </li></ul><ul><li>Raise Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation Planning & Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Adopt IBAs </li></ul>
    9. 11. IBA Program Site Identification Status
    10. 12. Criteria are based on vulnerabilities <ul><li>IBAs provide habitat for: </li></ul><ul><li>Species of Conservation Concern </li></ul><ul><li>Restricted-range Species </li></ul><ul><li>Species in unique habitats </li></ul><ul><li>Species occurring in high densities </li></ul>
    11. 13. Criteria are defined hierarchically: <ul><li>Global – established by BirdLife – global “currency” </li></ul><ul><li>Continental (Regional) – US, Mexico, Canada </li></ul><ul><li>State – flexible, designed to meet State objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Criteria adapted to work in US </li></ul>Identify & Prioritize
    12. 14. Global IBA Criteria http://www.audubon.org/bird/iba/criteria.html A1 - Species of Global Conservation Concern A2 - Assemblage of Restricted-range species A3 - Assemblage of Biome-restricted species A4i - ≥1% biogeographic (N. Am.) population of a waterbird simultaneously; ≥5% over a season A4ii - ≥1% global population of a seabird or terrestrial species simultaneously; ≥5% over a season A4iv - aerial bottleneck where ≥ 5% N.Am. population of a migratory waterbird, or ≥ 5% global population of a migratory seabird or terrestrial species passes during a season
    13. 16. IBA - Site Identification Status
    14. 17. The IBA Conservation Process in the U.S. <ul><li>Identify and Prioritize IBAs </li></ul><ul><li>Hold Local Training Workshops - Conservation Planning and Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Adopt IBAs - Recruit Adoption Group Leader for each IBA </li></ul>
    15. 18. Conservation Planning
    16. 19. 4 Elements of Assessment Birds – population status & trends for IBA trigger species Habitats – extent, quality, suitability for trigger species Threats – timing, scope, severity –> overall impact Conservation Actions – protection, planning, effectiveness
    17. 20. Why do IBA Assessment? <ul><li>Site Conservation Planning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Revalidates IBA status </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Foundation for Adoption Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Focal point to rally for conservation actions /advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation of effectiveness of conservation actions </li></ul><ul><li>Improves management and reduces threats </li></ul><ul><li>State of the Birds </li></ul><ul><li>Report on sites and habitat types </li></ul><ul><li>Regional, national, and continental evaluations </li></ul>
    18. 21. DO CONSERVATION by … Engaging people, groups, communities in taking action at and on behalf of Important Bird Areas
    19. 22. IBA Adoption Group Activities <ul><li>Dedicated Volunteers w/ a leader (recruiting and keeping volunteers) </li></ul><ul><li>IBA Site Assessment Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Education and Outreach Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership Development/Landowner Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Public Policy and Advocacy Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Habitat Acquisition or Easements Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Species Specific Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraising for Projects and Activities </li></ul>
    20. 24. Important Bird Areas Program Status <ul><li>Current Target </li></ul><ul><li>IBAs Identified ~41 states / 50 states / </li></ul><ul><ul><li> >2,300 IBAs / ~ 3,000 IBAs / </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>>300 Million Acres </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IBAs Prioritized 340 Global / 800 ? / </li></ul><ul><li>(Biological Significance) 14 Continental 1,500 ? </li></ul><ul><li>IBA Site Assessment Developing/ All Global/ </li></ul><ul><li>13 States Continental IBAs </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation Varied All Priority IBAs </li></ul><ul><li>Planning Approaches </li></ul><ul><li>IBA Adoption Groups 213 Groups (232 IBAs) >800 Groups </li></ul><ul><li>22 states All Priority IBAs </li></ul><ul><li>International Links Developing All States </li></ul>
    21. 25. The Important Bird Areas Program <ul><li>Introduction to the Program </li></ul><ul><li>Program Process and Status </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation of IBAs </li></ul>
    22. 26. IBA Conservation - National <ul><li>Global IBA Prioritization </li></ul><ul><li>IBA Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>IBA Website Updates </li></ul><ul><li>IBA Database Data Entry </li></ul><ul><li>IBA Database Search </li></ul>
    23. 27. IBA Conservation – Regional <ul><li>Waterbirds on Working Lands Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>587 IBAs (1/3 U.S. IBAs) significant for waterbirds </li></ul><ul><li>133 IBAs in central U.S. focal area </li></ul><ul><li>33 IBAs - ~25% meet global or continental criteria. </li></ul><ul><li>118 sites - > than 80% id’d for >1 waterbird spp. </li></ul><ul><li>Invasive species, natural events, and water diversions are the three most dominant threats. </li></ul><ul><li>Neotropical Migrant Review - Phase I </li></ul><ul><li>18 waterbird species considered </li></ul><ul><li>IBAs throughout the U.S. Compiled by Spp. </li></ul><ul><li>IBAs mapped against species range </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership - mixed but dominated by public ownership. </li></ul><ul><li>Top threats </li></ul><ul><ul><li>direct disturbance mostly due to recreational activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>habitat loss and degradation due to invasive animals and plants and industrialization and urbanization </li></ul></ul>
    24. 29. IBA Conservation - State <ul><li>Audubon California – Partners w/ CA State Parks to establish endowment for IBA projects on State Park lands </li></ul><ul><li>Audubon Connecticut and Audubon New York - engaged landowners and stakeholders to adopt IBAs and develop conservation strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Audubon North Carolina - > 200 volunteers spent more than 2500 hours Adopting IBAs, including working in 20 State Parks across the state </li></ul>
    25. 30. IBA Conservation - Local <ul><li>Idaho – established monitoring projects at over 30 IBAs involving professionals and citizen scientists </li></ul><ul><li>Audubon South Carolina - Beidler Forest IBA expanded through three land acquisitions protecting more that 2,500 acres </li></ul><ul><li>Audubon Minnesota – conservation efforts resulted in developer agreeing to deed acreage to city park, and place easements on wetlands and private lands adjacent to an IBA </li></ul><ul><li>Audubon Missouri - Partnering with Audubon Chapter, State University, and MDC to restore 100-150 acres of habitat within an IBA </li></ul>
    26. 31. IBA Accomplishments (states) <ul><li>Audubon Minnesota – conservation efforts resulted in developer agreeing to deed acreage to city park, and place easements on wetlands and private lands adjacent to an IBA </li></ul><ul><li>Audubon Missouri - Partnering with Audubon Chapter, State University, and MDC to restore 100-150 acres of habitat within an IBA </li></ul><ul><li>Audubon North Carolina - > 200 volunteers spent more than 2500 hours Adopting IBAs, including working in 20 State Parks across the state </li></ul>
    27. 32. Highlights of IBA Adoption CALIFORNIA … San Jacinto Valley IBA - San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society Conservation plan focused on preserving agricultural lands, after agreement reached with local farmer, protecting large colony of Tricolored Blackbird ILLINOIS … Bartell Grassland IBA - Thorn Creek Audubon Tours, raised money for a viewing berm and some plantings, bird and butterfly monitors , stewardship volunteers there. “Vision” plan developed – leading to large habitat restoration project. NORTH CAROLINA … Highlands Plateau IBA -Highlands Plateau Audubon Long-term monitoring to help in understanding impacts of development and growth on species highly dependent on the forests, mountains and streams around Highlands
    28. 33. Next Steps <ul><li>Recruit and Train Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Implement IBA Site Assessment and IBA Adoption Nationwide </li></ul><ul><li>Join IBA Conservation At Regional, National and International Scales </li></ul>www.audubon.org/bird/iba

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