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Georgia IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 9 1,537,549
State 35 210,551
Total 44 1,748,100

Georgia Ossabaw Island Recognized!

Georgia's Important Bird Areas Program, in existence since 2000 and funded primarily through the Atlanta Audubon Society, with support from the Albany, Augusta-Aiken, Coastal Georgia, Columbus, Ocmulgee, Oconee Rivers, Ogeechee Audubon Societies, and the Georgia Ornithological Society, has identified 49 IBAs and has recognized a dozen of these through dedication ceremonies. The program's current emphasis is on monitoring the bird populations at these sites, with the help of birders from local Audubon Chapters, and improving the survey methods used in assessing bird numbers at these sites. We are also researching and evaluating the implementation of a Conservation Program on select priority species and Georgia IBA sites. The IBA program in Georgia has partnered with many conservation groups throughout the state, including the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, federal agencies such as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and non-profit organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, Forest Watch, Georgia Ornithological Society, and many others. Our mission is to identify, monitor, conserve and enhance bird habitats in Georgia.

Site Namesort descending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Fort Stewart Military Installation Recognized Global Bryan, Liberty, Long B3
Garden Lakes Recognized State Floyd
Grand Bay/Banks Lake Ecosystem Recognized State Lanier, Lowndes D4i
Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State McIntosh
Ivylog Mountain Area Potential Union
Jekyll Island Recognized State Glynn
Joe Kurz Wildlife Management Area Identified State Meriwether D1, D3, D5
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Recognized State Cobb D4i, D4ii
Kings Bay Naval Station Recognized State Camden
Lake Seminole Identified State Decatur, Seminole D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4iv, D4vii
Little Tybee Island State Heritage Preserve Recognized State Chatham
Oconee National Forest Recognized State Greene
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Recognized Global Charlton, Clinch, Ware B3
Ossabaw Island State Heritage Preserve Recognized State Chatham D3, D4i
Paradise Public Fishing Area Recognized State Berrien, Tift
Phinizy Swamp Recognized Global Richmond
Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge Recognized Global Jasper, Jones B3
Rum Creek Wildlife Management Area Identified State Monroe D1, D4ii, D4vii, D5
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Chatham, Effingham
Southlands Forest Recognized State Decatur


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