The Pomona Nongame Bird Management Area is located in southwestern Illinois, roughly 12 miles south of Carbondale. This region contains winding creeks and isolated ponds amid fairly dense hardwood forests. Scrub, shrubland and agricultural habitat also exist within this area.
A long-term ornithological research site, Pomona has the distinction of being one of the last places in Illlinois where breeding Swainson's Warbler has been confirmed. Though the warbler's presence as a nester has not been confirmed in the 21st century, birders and ornithologists have supplied anecdotal evidence of several instances in which the bird was present during the breeding season.
Pomona continues to offer habitat for breeding Black Vulture; Mississippi Kite; Red-shouldered Hawk; Fish Crow; Acadian Flycatcher; Louisiana Waterthrush; Northern Parula; Blue Grosbeak; and Cerulean, Worm-eating, Prothonotary, and Yellow-throated Warblers.
In addition, the winding creeks and green edges attract myriad migratory songbirds in spring and fall.
This site was chosen as an IBA because it met the criteria for breeding Kentucky Warbler and Worm-eating Warbler.
The U.S. Forest Service implements silvicultural practices within this portion of the Shawnee National Forest.
Plant communities are representative of dry-mesic upland forests and wet floodplain forests.