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California IBA Contact

Andrea Jones

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California IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 82 13,954,543
State 95 5,757,316
Total 177 19,711,859

California's Important Bird Areas Program, launched in 1996, surged forward in 2000. Beginning in 2001, dozens of California field ornithologists, representing a broad range of agencies and affiliations, were interviewed and questioned about sites significant to bird populations in the state. These interviews, in combination with collecting data from around the state, and review by a technical committee, led to 145 sites becoming designated as Important Bird Areas. In 2004, Audubon published the book "Important Bird Areas of California" by Daniel S. Cooper. This network of IBAs is the cornerstone of Audubon's conservation activities in California. Their identification is guiding conservation at the chapter, state, and national levels of Audubon, and serves to showcase noteworthy habitat to other interested groups and agencies. In 2006, Audubon California prioritized IBAs based on bird value, degree of threat, and availability of conservation opportunities, and works with local chapters to conserve these sites and to develop systems to monitor their bird life. 

Audubon California has partnered with Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Point Blue Conservation Science to develop California eBird (https://ebird.org/region/US-CA) to gather bird abundance and distribution data at IBA sites into an online database. To assist with local planning efforts, Audubon California has developed maps of all IBA sites in California with the assistance of California Polytechnic Institute. We used ArcGIS to map sites and conduct analyses on habitat types, protection status, size, and other factors of interest. Visit our website to learn more about our program: http://ca.audubon.org/!
Text for California IBAs excerpted from "Important Bird Areas of California". Citation: Cooper, D.S. 2004. Important Bird Areas of California. Audubon California. 286 pp. Available (online) at: http://iba.audubon.org/iba/stateIndex.do?state=US-CA . Retrieved (insert date). 
Site Name Statussort descending Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Sierra Valley Recognized State Plumas, Sierra D1, D4i, D4ii, D5
Topaz Lake Area Recognized State Mono D1
Aguanga Area Recognized State Riverside, San Diego D1
Baldwin Lake Recognized Global San Bernardino D4ii
Bautista Creek Recognized State Riverside D1
Camp Pendleton Recognized Global Orange, Riverside, San Diego D4i
Channel Islands - Northern Recognized Global Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura D1, D4i
Goleta Coast Recognized State Santa Barbara D1, D4i
Lake Casitas Area Recognized State Ventura D1, D4ii
Lake Elsinore Recognized State Riverside D4ii
Lake Mathews - Estelle Mountain Recognized State Riverside D1, D4i
Los Angeles Flood Control Basins Recognized State Los Angeles D1, D4i
Lower Los Angeles River Recognized State Los Angeles D4v
Mission Bay - San Diego River Estuary Recognized Global San Diego D4ii
Point Mugu Recognized Global Ventura D4i, D4ii, D4v
North San Diego Lagoons Recognized Global San Diego D4i, D4ii
Orange Coast Wetlands Recognized Global Los Angeles, Orange D4i, D4ii, D4v
Central Orange County Preserves (Orange County Wilderness Parks) Recognized State Orange, Riverside D1, D4i
Pamo Valley Recognized State San Diego D1
Puente-Chino Hills Recognized State Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino D1


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