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Indiana IBA Contact

Stephanie Beilke

Indiana IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 16 353,058
State 25 378,416
Total 41 731,474

Download Map The Indiana Important Bird Areas Program was initiated in 1998 through the commitment and comprehensive efforts of a volunteer coordinator and the establishment of the Indiana IBA technical committee. In January of 2005, Audubon hired its first full-time IBA Coordinator for Indiana with funding assistance from Amos Butler Audubon, Indianapolis. In September of 2005, the first state IBAs were identified - 13 in all.  To date, 41 Indiana sites, encompassing more than 750,000 acres, have been designated as Important Bird Areas. 

Because the Indiana IBA Program is a voluntary initiative, its ultimate success will be dependent on public awareness and volunteer engagement. One of the primary strengths of the IBA program is increased advocacy and awareness for the protection of birds and their habitat through citizen science, citizen stewardship, and public engagement. Hoosier birders have many opportunities to contribute to this conservation effort.  Volunteer activities include organizing and conducting IBA bird surveys and field trips; adopting an IBA; and advocating on behalf of an IBA or group of IBAs.  IBA adoption may include taking responsibility for monitoring birds at the site, assessing threats, evaluating habitat condition, getting involved in habitat restoration projects; assisting with the development of conservation plans or easements; developing and conducting IBA presentations for potential partners, or otherwise advocating on behalf of the IBA and the birds that are found there.

For questions about the Indiana IBA program or to get involved at one of the 41 identified IBAs, contact the IBA Coordinator for Indiana, Don Gorney at dongorney@yahoo.com.


Site Name Status Prioritysort descending Counties IBA Criteria
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge Recognized Global Jefferson, Ripley
Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area and surrounding areas Recognized Global Jasper, Pulaski D1, D4i
Universal Mine Recognized Global D1, D4i
Sugar Creek Valley Recognized Global Montgomery D1, D3, D4i
Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area Recognized Global Newton
Chinook Fish and Wildlife Area and Chinook Mine Recognized Global Clay D1, D4i
Goose Pond/Beehunter Marsh Fish and Wildlife Area Recognized Global Greene D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4v
Cowles Bog - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Recognized Global D1, D3
Kankakee Sands Project and surrounding natural areas Recognized Global Newton D1, D3, D4i
Lynnville-Squaw Creek Mine Complex Recognized Global D1, D4i
Patoka River National Widlife Refuge Recognized Global Gibson, Pike D1, D3
Hoosier National Forest - Pleasant Run Unit Recognized Global Brown, Jackson, Lawrence, Monroe D1, D3, D4i
Yellowwood State Forest Recognized Global Brown D1, D3, D4i
Kankakee River Fish and Wildlife Area Recognized Global
Monroe Lake Recognized Global Brown, Monroe
Hillenbrand Fish and Wildlife Area Recognized Global Greene
Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area Recognized State Steuben D1, D3, D4i
Pine Creek/Robert Feldt Marsh Recognized State Benton
Naval Support Activity Crane Recognized State Greene, Martin D1, D4i
Elkhart River Corridor Recognized State


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