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Maryland IBA Contact

David Curson

Maryland IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 6 322,899
Continental 7 344,204
State 29 333,075
Total 42 1,000,178

Check out our {link:2011 Newsletter|http://www.audubon.org/bird/iba/maryland/MD2011 IBA Newsletter.pdf} 42 Important Bird Areas in Maryland! {link:See Map|http://www.audubon.org/bird/iba/maryland/MD-DCIBAs.jpg} The Important Bird Areas Program in Maryland and DC publicly recognized its first 14 IBAs in March 2005. These include three globally important sites hosting such threatened and vulnerable species as Black Rail, Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Piping Plover and Tundra Swan. Maryland has a surprising diversity of landscapes for a small state. Habitats supporting bird species of conservation concern include floodplain forest, northern coniferous forest, meadow grassland, boreal bog, brackish marshes, sandy barrier islands and others. The process of identifying IBAs continues and it is expected that more than 40 sites will be documented by 2007. The Chesapeake Bay region will likely hold the largest acreages of IBAs because the extensive tidal wetlands, floodplain marshes and forests, and open waters support continentally and globally significant populations of waterfowl, marsh-nesting birds and Bald Eagles. The Maryland-DC IBA Program is overseen by a Technical Review Committee representing state and federal agencies, academic ornithologists, the birding community, and regional biologists. The current IBA effort, led by Audubon Maryland-DC's Director of Bird Conservation since 2004, builds upon groundwork laid in the 1990s by volunteers of the Audubon Naturalist Society. Two essential components of the IBA process are partnerships with landowners and the involvement of public volunteers. Our conservation achievements to date have included both of these components. In 2005 volunteers from the Chesapeake chapter of Audubon surveyed historical nesting sites of the state-threatened Least Tern and found two re-established tern colonies. At Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, part of the Blackwater-Fishing Bay Marshes IBA, Audubon is working with USFWS and others to extend support for a program to eradicate introduced nutria, which damage wetlands, and to incorporate research and management needs of brackish marsh birds into the Comprehensive Conservation Plan.

Site Namesort descending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Allegany-Garrett Grasslands Recognized State Allegany, Garrett D1
Assateague Island Recognized Global Worcester D4iii, D4v
Belt Woods Recognized State Prince Georges
Central Chesapeake Islands Recognized State Dorchester, Somerset D4iii
Chapman State Park Recognized State Charles
Chino Farms Recognized Global Queen Annes
Cranesville Swamp Recognized State Garrett
Dan's Mountain Recognized State Allegany D1
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge Recognized Global Kent D4ii
Finzel Swamp Recognized State Garrett D3
Fort Smallwood Recognized State Anne Arundel D4vi
Great Cypress Swamp Recognized State Wicomico, Worcester
Green Ridge Recognized State Allegany, Washington
Hart-Miller Island Recognized State Baltimore D4ii, D4iv, D4v
Idylwild Recognized State Caroline
Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area Identified State
Jennings Randolph Lake Recognized State Garrett
Jug Bay Recognized State Anne Arundel, Prince Georges D4ii, D4iii
Lower C & O Canal Recognized Global Frederick, Montgomery, Washington
Maryland Blue Ridge IBA Identified State


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