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Indiana IBA Contact

Don Gorney

Indiana IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 16 353,058
State 25 378,416
Total 41 731,474

Download Map The Indiana Important Bird Areas Program was initiated in 1998 through the commitment and comprehensive efforts of a volunteer coordinator and the establishment of the Indiana IBA technical committee. In January of 2005, Audubon hired its first full-time IBA Coordinator for Indiana with funding assistance from Amos Butler Audubon, Indianapolis. In September of 2005, the first state IBAs were identified - 13 in all.  To date, 41 Indiana sites, encompassing more than 750,000 acres, have been designated as Important Bird Areas. 

Because the Indiana IBA Program is a voluntary initiative, its ultimate success will be dependent on public awareness and volunteer engagement. One of the primary strengths of the IBA program is increased advocacy and awareness for the protection of birds and their habitat through citizen science, citizen stewardship, and public engagement. Hoosier birders have many opportunities to contribute to this conservation effort.  Volunteer activities include organizing and conducting IBA bird surveys and field trips; adopting an IBA; and advocating on behalf of an IBA or group of IBAs.  IBA adoption may include taking responsibility for monitoring birds at the site, assessing threats, evaluating habitat condition, getting involved in habitat restoration projects; assisting with the development of conservation plans or easements; developing and conducting IBA presentations for potential partners, or otherwise advocating on behalf of the IBA and the birds that are found there.

For questions about the Indiana IBA program or to get involved at one of the 41 identified IBAs, contact the IBA Coordinator for Indiana, Don Gorney at dongorney@yahoo.com.


Please Note: We are experiencing some technical difficulties with display of Important Bird Areas information. We appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this issue.  Please see the list below to access site profiles.

American Golden-Plover Staging Grounds

Kankakee River Fish and Wildlife Area

Beanblossom Bottoms

Kankakee Sands Project and surrounding natural areas

Bendix Meadows

Lynnville-Squaw Creek Mine Complex

Beverly Shores - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Miller Beach/Marquette Park

Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge

Minnehaha Fish and Wildlife Area/Dugger Unit

Boot Lake Nature Preserve

Monroe Lake

Brookville Lake/Whitewater State Park

Morgan-Monroe Forest

Cane Ridge Wildlife Management Area and Gibson Lake

Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge

Chinook Fish and Wildlife Area and Chinook Mine

Naval Support Activity Crane

Cowles Bog - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Patoka River National Widlife Refuge

Eagle Creek Park

Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area

Elkhart River Corridor

Pine Creek/Robert Feldt Marsh

Fort Harrison State Park

Point Township Bottomlands

Goose Pond/Beehunter Marsh Fish and Wildlife Area

Potato Creek State Park

Harrison-Crawford Forest Complex

State Line/Calumet Region

Hillenbrand Fish and Wildlife Area

Sugar Creek Valley

Hoosier National Forest - Pleasant Run Unit

Universal Mine

Hoosier National Forest - Tell City Unit

West Beach - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes State Park

Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area

Jackson-Washington and Clark State Forests

Yellowwood State Forest

Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area and surrounding areas



Site Namesort descending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
American Golden-Plover Staging Grounds Recognized State Benton D1, D4i, D4v
Beanblossom Bottoms Recognized State Monroe
Bendix Meadows Recognized State St. Joseph D1, D4i
Big Walnut Creek Nominated Putnam
Boot Lake Nature Preserve Recognized State D1, D3, D4i
Brookville Lake/Whitewater State Park Recognized State Franklin, Union
Eagle Creek Park Recognized State Marion
Harrison-Crawford Forest Complex Recognized State Crawford, Harrison
Hillenbrand Fish and Wildlife Area Recognized Global Greene
Hoosier National Forest - Pleasant Run Unit Recognized Global Brown, Jackson, Lawrence, Monroe D1, D3, D4i
Hoosier National Forest - Tell City Unit Recognized State Crawford, Perry
Jackson-Washington and Clark State Forests Recognized State Clark, Jackson, Scott, Washington
Kankakee River Fish and Wildlife Area Recognized Global
Miller Beach/Marquette Park Recognized State Lake
Minnehaha Fish and Wildlife Area/Dugger Unit Recognized State Sullivan D1, D4i
Monroe Lake Recognized Global Brown, Monroe
Morgan-Monroe Forest Recognized State Monroe, Morgan
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Jackson D1, D4i
Patoka River National Widlife Refuge Recognized Global Gibson, Pike D1, D3
Point Township Bottomlands Recognized State


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