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New York IBA Contact

Jillian Liner

New York IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 16 5,592,124
Continental 5 342,324
State 111 1,576,937
Total 132 7,511,385

The Important Bird Area (IBA) Program of Audubon New York, in cooperation with a host of partners, has identified 136 critical bird breeding, migratory stop-over, feeding, and over-wintering areas in the state. Important Bird Areas have been identified throughout New York in all types of habitats, including forests, shrub/scrub, grasslands, freshwater and saltwater wetlands, and bodies of water. Since 1997 Audubon New York has been engaged in many efforts aimed at achieving conservation successes at IBAs. These efforts include several types of conservation actions, conservation planning, bird monitoring, and education and outreach.

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Accabonac Harbor

Montauk Point

Adirondack Forest Tract

Montezuma Wetlands Complex

Albany Pine Bush

Moreau Lake Forest

Allegany Forest Tract

Moriches Bay

Ashokan Reservoir Area

Muttontown Preserve

Aurora Grasslands Complex

Napeague Harbor and Beach

Bashakill Wildlife Management Area

Nation's Road Grasslands

Bergen Swamp

Niagara River Corridor

Black Creek Marsh

Nissequague River Watershed and Smithtown Bay

Braddock Bay

North Brother/South Brother Islands

Brasher Falls and Bombay Forests

Northern Shawangunk Mountains

Butler Sanctuary

Northwest Harbor/Shelter Island Complex

Canandaigua Lake

Oneida Lake Islands

Cannonsville /Steam Mill Area

Onondaga Lake

Captree Island Vicinity

Orient Point and Plum Island

Carman's River Estuary

Oyster Bay Area

Caswell Road Grassland Complex

Peconic Bays and Flanders Bay

Catskills Peaks Area

Pelham Bay Park

Cayuga Lake

Pepacton Reservoir

Central Park

Perch River Complex

Chautauqua Lake

Pharsalia Woods

Chazy Landing/Kings Bay Area

Plattsburgh Airfield

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve

Point Penisula

Connecticut Hill  Area

Prospect Park

Connetquot Estuary

Queen Catharine Marsh

Constitution Marsh Sanctuary

Rensselaer Forest Tract

Cowaselon Creek Watershed Area

Ripley Hawk Watch

Crane Neck to Misery Point

Rochester Area Urban Parks

Crown Point State Historic Site

Rockefeller State Park

Derby Hill Bird Observatory

Salmon Creek

Doodletown and Iona Island

Saratoga National Historic Park

Dunkirk Harbor & Point Gratiot

Schodack Island State Park

Eastern Lake Ontario Barrier Beaches

Seneca Army Depot

Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary

Seneca Lake

Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands State Parks

Seneca Meadows Wetlands Complex

Finger Lakes National Forest

Shawangunk Grasslands

Fire Island (East of Lighthouse)

Shinnecock Bay

Fort Drum

Southampton Green Belt

Fort Edward Grasslands

Southern Skaneateles Lake Forest

Four Brothers Islands

Stissing Ridge

Galen Marsh

Stockport Flats

Gardiner's Island

The Center at Horseheads Fields

Great Gull Island

Tifft  Nature Preserve

Great South Bay

Tioughnioga River/Whitney Point Reservoir

Great Swamp

Tivoli Bays

Greater Summerhill Area

Toad Harbor Swamp

Hamlin Beach State Park

Tug Hill Area

Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area

Upper Delaware River

Harbor Herons Complex

Upper St. Lawrence/Thousand Islands

Harriman and Sterling Forests

Valcour Island

Hemlock and Canadice Lakes

Van Cortlandt Park

Hempstead Lake State Park

Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve

High Tor Wildlife Management Area

Ward Pound Ridge

Hoffman and Swinburne Island Complex

West Hempstead Bay/Jones Beach West

Hook Mountain

Wheeler's Gulf

Huckleberry Island

Whisky Hollow

Huntington and Northport Bays

Widger Hill

Indian River/Black Lakes


Iroquois NWR/Oak Orchard and Tonawanda WMAs


Jamaica Bay


John Boyd Thacher State Park


Keeney Swamp Forest


Lake George Peregrine Site


Letchworth State Park


Lisbon Grasslands


Little Galloo Island


Little Neck Bay to Hempstead Harbor


Little Whaley Lake


Long Island Pine Barrens


Long Pond State Forest


Lower Hudson River


Lower St. Lawrence River


Marshlands Conservancy


Mecox Sagaponack Coastal Dunes


Mongaup Valley Wildlife Management Area



Site Namesort descending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Jamaica Bay Recognized Global Kings, Queens D1, D3, D4ii, D4iii, D4iv, D4v
John Boyd Thacher State Park Recognized State Albany D1
Keeney Swamp Forest Recognized State Allegany D1
Lake George Peregrine Site Recognized State Warren, Washington D1, D4i
Letchworth State Park Recognized State Livingston, Wyoming D1
Lisbon Grasslands Recognized State St. Lawrence D1, D3
Little Galloo Island Recognized State Jefferson D4i, D4ii, D4iv
Little Neck Bay to Hempstead Harbor Recognized State Nassau, Queens D1, D4i, D4ii
Little Whaley Lake Recognized State Dutchess D1
Long Island Pine Barrens Recognized State Suffolk D1, D3
Long Pond State Forest Recognized State Chenango D1
Lower Hudson River Recognized State Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester D1, D4i
Lower St. Lawrence River Recognized State St. Lawrence D1, D4ii, D4iv
Marshlands Conservancy Recognized State Westchester D1
Massawepee Mire Merged St. Lawrence D1, D3, D4i
Mecox Sagaponack Coastal Dunes Recognized Global Suffolk D1
Mongaup Valley Wildlife Management Area Recognized State Orange, Sullivan D1
Montauk Point Recognized State Suffolk D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iv
Montezuma Wetlands Complex Recognized Global Cayuga, Seneca, Wayne D1, D3, D4ii, D4iii, D4v
Moose River Plains/Blue Ridge Area Merged Hamilton, Herkimer D1, D3


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