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Idaho IBA Contact

Colleen Moulton

Idaho IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 13 3,490,928
State 49 967,440
Total 62 4,458,368

Idaho's Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program was launched in 1996 as a partnership between Idaho Partners in Flight and the Idaho Audubon Council. Since 1997, the IBA Technical Committee has encouraged and reviewed nominations for potential IBAs. To date, 55 sites have been officially recognized as Important Bird Areas in Idaho, representing 3.8 million acres of public and private wetland and upland habitat throughout the state. The monitoring phase of the Idaho IBA program is underway, with monitoring at several IBAs being conducted either by biologists responsible for the management of the area, or by volunteers. These monitoring efforts, which are intended to collect basic information about the IBAs, will create an inventory of bird species present at each site, at a minimum, and will likely lead to further investigations. The Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG - http://www.fishandgame.idaho.gov), where the IBA Program is now housed, has recently initiated a coordinated all-bird monitoring program, the Idaho Bird Inventory and Survey (IBIS), that will initiate more extensive monitoring at all wetland IBAs and select upland IBAs across the state. Under the IBIS program, monitoring was initiated at five wetland IBAs in 2004, with 20 more being added in 2005. In addition, proponents are being sought to work toward conservation and stewardship of IBAs. These individuals and organizations will be champions for bird conservation at particular sites and will work cooperatively with each site's land manager or landowner.

Site Namesort ascending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Wolf Lodge, Beauty, and Blue Creek Bays Recognized State Kootenai D1, D5
Westmond Lake Recognized State Bonner D4iv, D4v
Upper Priest Lake Recognized State Bonner D1, D3
Upper Lochsa River Recognized State Clearwater D1, D3, D4i, D5
Tex Creek Wildlife Management Area Recognized State Bonneville D1
Sterling Wildlife Management Area Recognized State Bingham D1, D4ii, D4v
South Hills Recognized Global Cassia, Twin Falls D1, D3, D5
Snake River Birds of Prey NCA/CJ Strike Reservoir Identified State Ada, Elmore, Owyhee D4ii, D4iv, D5
Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area Merged State Elmore D1, D3, D4i, D4vi, D5
Snake River Area of Critical Environmental Concern Recognized State Bonneville, Fremont, Jefferson, Madison D1, D3, D4ii, D4iv, D4v, D4vi, D5
Snake and Clearwater Rivers Confluence Recognized State Nez Perce D4ii
Silver Creek Preserve Recognized State Blaine D3, D4ii, D4iv, D4v
Sand Creek Wildlife Management Area Recognized State Fremont D1, D4ii, D4v, D5
Salmon River (East of Riggins) Recognized State Idaho D1
Raft River/ Curlew Valley Recognized Global Cassia, Oneida D1, D5
Pack River Delta Recognized State Bonner D4ii
Oxford Slough Recognized Global Bannock, Franklin D4ii, D4iv
Owyhee Uplands Recognized Global D1, D3
North Idaho College Recognized State Kootenai D3, D4iv
Mud Lake Wildlife Management Area Recognized Global Jefferson D3, D4ii, D4iv, D4v

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