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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 Name Statussort descending Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Fisherman Island/ Oden Bay Recognized State Bonner D1, D4ii
Fort Boise Wildlife Management Area Recognized State Canyon D4ii, D4v
Grays Lake National Wildlife Refuge Recognized Global Bonneville, Caribou D3, D4ii, D4iv, D4v
Harriman Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Fremont D1, D4ii, D5
Hagerman Complex Recognized State Gooding D3, D4ii, D4iv
Heyburn State Park Recognized State Benewah D4ii, D4iv, D5
Wolf Lodge, Beauty, and Blue Creek Bays Recognized State Kootenai D1, D5
Hixon-Sharptail Preserve Area Recognized State Washington D1
Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Recognized Global Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Jefferson D3, D5
Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Boundary D4ii, D4iv, D4v
Magic Reservoir Recognized State Blaine, Camas D4ii, D4iv, D4v
Mann Lake Recognized State Nez Perce D3, D4ii, D4v, D5
Market Lake Wildlife Management Area Recognized Global Jefferson D4ii, D4iv, D4v, D5
McArthur Lake Wildlife Management Area Recognized State Bonner, Boundary D1, D4ii, D4v, D5
Mesa Marsh Recognized State Fremont D4iv
Miners and Flat Creeks Recognized State Shoshone D3
Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge Recognized Global Blaine, Cassia, Minidoka, Power D4ii, D4iv
Mink Creek/ Cherry Springs Nature Area Recognized State Bannock
Morton Slough Recognized State Bonner D4ii
Mud Lake Wildlife Management Area Recognized Global Jefferson D3, D4ii, D4iv, D4v


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