The fragmentation and loss of habitat, along with global warming, are the biggest threats to birds worldwide. The Important Bird Areas program is "designed to identify a network of sites that provide critical breeding, wintering, or migration stopover habitat for birdlife..."
National Audubon Society has partnered with BirdLife International to administer the program in the United States. Sites meeting IBA qualifications must meet at least one of the following criteria - it must support:
1) endangered or threatened species;
2) species not widely distributed;
3) species restricted to a single extensive habitat or biome; or
4) high densities of congregating species, such as waterfowl or shorebirds.
In Pierce County, Washington, we currently have two designated IBAs: Fort Lewis IBA and Nisqually IBA.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 9, 2011--
We are excited to announce that our application to expand the Nisqually IBA was approved! - View the press release here.
In 2010, Tahoma Audubon supported The Evergreen State College graduate student Lindsay Raab in completing her thesis project, collecting data and submit an application to expand the Nisqually IBA to include the shorelines of Anderson Island and mirror the proposed DNR Aquatic Reserve. The application was reviewed in 2011 by the WA Technical Review Committee and staff from National Audubon's IBA program.
Krystal Kyer,Executive Director, Tahoma Audubon (253) 579-9798 or email@example.com
Christi Norman,Birding Trail Program Director, Audubon WA (360) 786-8020 or firstname.lastname@example.org