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Arizona Important Bird Areas

Arizona IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 17 2,645,407
Continental 2 49,925
State 28 1,910,680
Total 47 4,606,012

To view our statewide Arizona IBA website, get announcements, use our on-line AZ IBA Bird Survey Database, review our IBA list, and get technical bird survey documents, visit www.aziba.org (hosted by Tucson Audubon Society). Arizona's Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program was established with Audubon in 2001. The program is co-administered between Audubon Arizona and the Tucson Audubon Society. Tucson Audubon laid the groundwork for and has coordinated the IBA program full-time since 2002. The program has established an active Arizona IBA Science Committee composed of members from all over the state which review IBA nominations and data and approve the identification of state IBAs. The Science Committee sets the Arizona IBA specific benchmarks for IBA criteria provided by National Audubon, as well as provides guidance on bird survey data collection needs and methodology. Audubon Arizona leads the process of IBA identification, compiles the Arizona IBA Database with National Audubon Science and pursues the Recognition of Identified IBAs and publicity for these areas. It also integrates IBAs and the birds they support into Audubon state policy. Audubon Arizona with the AZ IBA Program Conservation Biologist at Tucson Audubon helps chapters and partner agencies in the conservation of IBAs. Tucson Audubon AZ IBA Program office coordinates the Avian Science Initiative and Southern Arizona IBA Conservation Initiative. The Avian Science Initiative is an effort to collect science-based bird survey inventory data at sites for IBA identification and continued monitoring at priority Identified IBAs through citizen and agency efforts. IBA Bird Survey Teams composed of citizens and agency personnel are trained, coordinated, and facilitated through the AZ IBA Avian Science Initiative. Audubon Arizona also assists with IBA team coordination. The Tucson Audubon AZ IBA Program office manages all IBA bird survey data and manages a web accessible AZ IBA Bird Survey Database (aziba.org) that allows analysis and reports of bird survey data from IBA survey locations to both participants and partnering agencies. The AZ IBA Program at Tucson Audubon also pursues avian research on species of concern (part of the Avian Science Initiative), as well as education, outreach, and conservation and protection efforts associated with IBAs in southern Arizona, i.e., the Arizona Borderlands IBA Initiative. The Avian Science Initiative of the AZ IBA Program is part of the state Coordinated Bird Monitoring (CBM) program, overseen by the Arizona Bird Conservation Initiative (ABCI) at Arizona Game and Fish Department. Audubon has partnered with Maricopa Community Colleges, the Phoenix Unified School District, Arizona State University, and the University of Arizona to involve student participation in the program, including GIS projects, riparian habitat monitoring, IBA bird monitoring, and IBA stewardship projects. Four avian habitat conservation plans/guides for AZ IBAs, as well as a riparian habitat management guide for landowners have been produced by the AZ IBA Program. Significant conservation successes have been achieved in terms of new acres under conservation (including restoration) management since the IBA program inception with Audubon. The AZ IBA Program works in partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department (through the Arizona Bird Conservation Initiative), the Sonoran Joint Venture, the Intermountain West Joint Venture, Arizona State Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, BLM, and various non-governmental organizations, colleges, and universities.

Site Name Statussort descending Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Blue and San Francisco Rivers Ecosystem, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Identified State Greenlee D3, D4vii
Mogollon Rim Snowmelt Draws Identified State Coconino, Navajo D1, D5
Aubrey Valley and Cliffs Identified State Coconino, Mohave D1
Patagonia Sonoita Creek TNC Identified State Santa Cruz D1, D3, D5
Sonoran Desert Borderlands Identified State Pima, Yuma
Pinaleno Mountains Identified Global Graham D1, D3
Joshua Tree Identified Global Mohave D1
Patagonia Mountains Identified State Santa Cruz
San Rafael Grasslands Identified Global Santa Cruz D1, D3
Arivaca Cienega and Creek Recognized State Pima D4vii
Agua Fria National Monument Riparian Corridors Recognized State Yavapai D3, D4vii
Quigley State Wildlife Area, Lower Gila River Recognized State Yuma D1, D3
San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area Recognized Global Cochise D4ii, D4iii, D4vi
Huachuca Mountains, Coronado National Forest Recognized State Cochise D3, D4vii
Santa Rita Mountains, Coronado National Forest Recognized State Pima, Santa Cruz D1
California Gulch, Coronado National Forest Recognized State Santa Cruz D3
Grand Canyon National Park- Raptor Migration Points Recognized Global Coconino D4vi
Imperial Reservoir Recognized Global Yuma
Mittry Lake State Wildlife Area Recognized Global Yuma D4ii, D4iii
Watson and Willow Lakes Ecosystem Recognized