The IBA program in Kentucky was launched in 2001 when the Kentucky Audubon Council agreed to co-ordinate the effort. The Kentucky Audubon Council is an organization made up of delegates from each of the Audubon Society chapters statewide. In 2002 and 2003 nomination forms from surrounding states such as Ohio and Indiana were studied, used as guidelines, and criteria were then formulated based on Kentucky's habitat with the counsel and assistance of the Kentucky Division of Fish and Wildlife biologists. In 2004 a Technical Review Committee was recruited with one of the KAC delegates serving as the committee's facilitator. The Technical Review Committee is composed of eight people who are educators, biologists, and life-long ornithological hobbyists. It was decided by the KAC that every effort would be made for the Technical Review Committee to review nomination forms and submit their votes about the designation of each site to the committee chairman without travel for physical meetings. The reason for this decision was to contain the costs involved with the nomination and classification process. Avoiding travel also is a time saver for the very busy people who make up the Technical Review Committee. Nomination forms were distributed by the chapters and a form that could be downloaded was posted on the KAC Web site, kentuckyaudubon.org In the summer of 2004 a think tank of ornithologists gathered at the summer meeting of the Kentucky Ornithological Society to put together a list of potential IBAs across the state. This group was made up of a representative from each of 4 organizations: KAC, Kentucky Nature Preserves, Partners in Flight, and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. The sites considered to be possible IBAs were detailed on a spreadsheet for the use of the Technical Review Committee's facilitator in soliciting nominations. It is believed that when all nominations are received and reviewed, there will be between 35 and 50 IBAs in Kentucky. The range in the number of sites is due to the fact that it is not known how the Technical Review Committee will handle sites that are of great size and contain numerous different habitats that are critical to birds in one or more stages of life.