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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 ascending Counties IBA Criteria
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
Indiana Dunes State Park Recognized State D1, D3
Fort Harrison State Park Recognized State Marion D1, D3, D4iii
Beverly Shores - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Recognized State Porter D1, D3, D4i
West Beach - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Recognized State
Cane Ridge Wildlife Management Area and Gibson Lake Recognized State Gibson D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iv
Bendix Meadows Recognized State St. Joseph D1, D4i
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Jackson D1, D4i
Boot Lake Nature Preserve Recognized State D1, D3, D4i
Potato Creek State Park Recognized State D1, D4i
Minnehaha Fish and Wildlife Area/Dugger Unit Recognized State Sullivan D1, D4i
American Golden-Plover Staging Grounds Recognized State Benton D1, D4i, D4v
State Line/Calumet Region Recognized State Lake D1, D4i
Brookville Lake/Whitewater State Park Recognized State Franklin, Union
Morgan-Monroe Forest Recognized State Monroe, Morgan
Hoosier National Forest - Tell City Unit Recognized State Crawford, Perry
Harrison-Crawford Forest Complex Recognized State Crawford, Harrison