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 three designated IBAs: Fort Lewis, Nisqually Reach, and Vaux's Swift Chimney IBA (new in 2013).
Vaux's swift entering chimney on JBLM at dusk
(photo courtesy of Diane Yorgason-Quinn)
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