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Georgia IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 9 1,537,549
State 35 210,551
Total 44 1,748,100

2007 Goals of the Georgia IBA Program: - Submit and receive NFWF grant and matching sources for on-the-ground conservation program - Place all site information in National Audubon's IBA database - Nominate select Georgia sites for Global IBA recognition - Continue to build partnerships, resources and programming to benefit birds and their habitats in Georgia Ossabaw Island Recognized! {link:Click here |http://www.audubon.org/bird/iba/georgia/Ossabaw Dedication.pdf}to read about the recent event. Georgia's Important Bird Areas Program, in existence since 2000 and funded primarily through the Atlanta Audubon Society, with support from the Albany, Augusta-Aiken, Coastal Georgia, Columbus, Ocmulgee, Oconee Rivers, Ogeechee Audubon Societies, and the Georgia Ornithological Society, has identified 49 IBAs and has recognized a dozen of these through dedication ceremonies. The program's current emphasis is on monitoring the bird populations at these sites, with the help of birders from local Audubon Chapters, and improving the survey methods used in assessing bird numbers at these sites. We are also researching and evaluating the implementation of a Conservation Program on select priority species and Georgia IBA sites. The IBA program in Georgia has partnered with many conservation groups throughout the state, including the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, federal agencies such as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and non-profit organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, Forest Watch, Georgia Ornithological Society, and many others. Our mission is to identify, monitor, conserve and enhance bird habitats in Georgia. Updated 15 June 2007

Site Name Status Prioritysort descending Counties IBA Criteria
Altamaha River Delta Recognized Global Glynn, McIntosh D3, D4i, D4ii
Cumberland Island National Seashore Recognized Global Camden
Phinizy Swamp Recognized Global Richmond
Altamaha Waterfowl Management Area Recognized Global McIntosh
Fort Benning Military Installation Recognized Global Chattahoochee, Marion, Muscogee
Fort Stewart Military Installation Recognized Global Bryan, Liberty, Long B3
Chattahoochee National Forest Recognized Global Banks, Chattooga, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Habersham, Lumpkin, Murray, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, White A3
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Recognized Global Charlton, Clinch, Ware B3
Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge Recognized Global Jasper, Jones B3
Big Duke's Pond Recognized State Jenkins D4iv
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Recognized State Cobb D4i, D4ii
Grand Bay/Banks Lake Ecosystem Recognized State Lanier, Lowndes D4i
St. Catherines Island Recognized State Liberty D4v
Swamp of Toa Recognized State D4i, D4iii
Fernbank Forest Recognized State Fulton D3, D4i, D4iii, D4vii
Ossabaw Island State Heritage Preserve Recognized State Chatham D3, D4i
Big Hammock WMA Recognized State Tattnall
Paradise Public Fishing Area Recognized State Berrien, Tift
Bond Swamp Recognized State Bibb
Andrews Island Recognized State Glynn


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