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Ohio IBA Contact

Amy Boyd

Ohio IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 7 2,616,100
State 63 1,071,783
Total 70 3,687,883

The Ohio Important Bird Areas Program began in 1999, with a gathering of bird conservation stakeholders critiquing the IBA concept and establishing the first cut of potential IBAs in the state. In 2000, Audubon Ohio hired an IBA coordinator and then the Ohio IBA Technical Committee was formed, to develop the state level criteria, procedures, and nomination forms. Over 200 nomination packets were distributed, with more than 160 nominations returned. Since then, the technical committee has reviewed these nominations to determine those that meet requirements for at least one of the four criteria for IBAs. This process has resulted in the documentation and research of over 100 sites, of which 66 are recognized as Important Bird Areas for Ohio. The Ohio IBA Program has served as a catalyst for community-based action to ensure the long-term stewardship and conservation of the state's diverse natural resources. A state-wide IBA Technical Committee continues to prioritize monitoring and conservation planning on different sites. Workshops to recruit and train volunteers for surveying birds on IBAs have been conducted across the state. Community partners are receptive and actively engaged in the program. Advocacy for IBAs at risk has been efffective. The IBA name is being increasingly used as justification for conservation in the state. Text excerpted from Important Bird Areas of Ohio, 2008.

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Berlin Lakes System

Liberty Park

Big Walnut

Little Beaver Creek

Black River-Mouth

Little Miami River

Black River-West Branch

Mansfield Lahm Airport

Burnet Woods

Maumee River-Lower

C.J. Brown

McAfee Tree Farm

Caesar Creek

Metzger/Ferguson Reservoirs

Camp Myeerah


Chagrin River Corridor

Mosquito Creek Corridor

Clear Creek

Oak Openings

Cleveland Lakefront

Pickerington Ponds

Conneaut Harbor

Pleasant Hill Lake

Cowan Lake

Pymatuning Creek Corridor

Crown City Wildlife Area

Ravenna Arsenal

Cuyahoga River-Lower

Rocky River-East Branch

Cuyahoga River-Upper

Sandusky River

Dike 14-Doan Brook

Scioto River-Greenlawn

East Fork

Scioto River-Lower

Edge of Appalachia

Scioto Trail

Egypt Valley


Exchange Road Grasslands

Springville Marsh

Forrest Woods Nature Preserve

St. Marys River-Grand Lake

Funk Bottoms

Tar Hollow


Tri-Valley Wildlife Area

Gilmore Ponds

Vermilion River

Grand River-Lower Watershed

Voice of America

Grand River-Upper

Wayne County

Great Miami River-Lower

Wayne National Forest-Athens

Hocking Hills

Wayne National Forest-Ironton

Hueston Woods

Wayne National Forest-Marietta

Kendrick Woods

Wilderness Center

Killbuck Valley


Killdeer Plains-Big Island

Woodburry Wildlife Area

La Su An


Lake Erie Central Basin


Lake Erie Western Basin


Lawrence Woods


Site Namesort descending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Berlin Lakes System Recognized State Mahoning, Portage, Stark
Big Walnut Recognized State Delaware, Franklin
Black River-Mouth Recognized State Lorain
Black River-West Branch Recognized State Lorain
Burnet Woods Recognized State Hamilton
C.J. Brown Recognized State Clark
Caesar Creek Recognized State Clinton, Greene, Warren
Camp Myeerah Recognized State Logan
Chagrin River Corridor Recognized State Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake
Clear Creek Recognized State Fairfield, Hocking
Cleveland Lakefront Recognized State Cuyahoga
Conneaut Harbor Recognized State Ashtabula
Cowan Lake Recognized State Clinton
Crown City Wildlife Area Recognized Global Gallia, Lawrence
Cuyahoga River-Lower Recognized State Cuyahoga, Summit
Cuyahoga River-Upper Recognized State Geauga
Dike 14-Doan Brook Recognized State Cuyahoga
East Fork Recognized State Clermont
Edge of Appalachia Recognized State Adams
Egypt Valley Recognized Global Belmont, Guernsey


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