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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 Namesort ascending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Kankakee Sands Project and surrounding natural areas Recognized Global Newton D1, D3, D4i
Kankakee River Fish and Wildlife Area Recognized Global
Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area and surrounding areas Recognized Global Jasper, Pulaski D1, D4i
Jackson-Washington and Clark State Forests Recognized State Clark, Jackson, Scott, Washington
Indiana Dunes State Park Recognized State D1, D3
Hoosier National Forest - Tell City Unit Recognized State Crawford, Perry
Hoosier National Forest - Pleasant Run Unit Recognized Global Brown, Jackson, Lawrence, Monroe D1, D3, D4i
Hillenbrand Fish and Wildlife Area Recognized Global Greene
Harrison-Crawford Forest Complex Recognized State Crawford, Harrison
Goose Pond/Beehunter Marsh Fish and Wildlife Area Recognized Global Greene D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4v
Fort Harrison State Park Recognized State Marion D1, D3, D4iii
Elkhart River Corridor Recognized State
Eagle Creek Park Recognized State Marion
Cowles Bog - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Recognized Global D1, D3
Chinook Fish and Wildlife Area and Chinook Mine Recognized Global Clay D1, D4i
Cane Ridge Wildlife Management Area and Gibson Lake Recognized State Gibson D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iv
Brookville Lake/Whitewater State Park Recognized State Franklin, Union
Boot Lake Nature Preserve Recognized State D1, D3, D4i
Big Walnut Creek Nominated Putnam
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge Recognized Global Jefferson, Ripley


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