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Michigan IBA Contact

Erin Rowan

Michigan IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 10 1,476,674
State 93 3,864,042
Total 103 5,340,716

Visit our {link:Michigan IBA Blog|http://michiganiba.blogspot.com} and {link:website|http://www.audubon.org/bird/iba/michigan}! Michigan IBA Program Overview The Michigan Important Bird Areas Program officially began in March 2006 by a coalition of four managing partners: Audubon, Detroit Audubon Society, Kalamazoo Nature Center, and Michigan Audubon Society. Coordinator Caleb Putnam assembled a technical committee of state officials and bird experts, which devised and applied a rigorous set of criteria. This process has resulted in the identification of 102 IBAs, completed in September of 2010. Nine of these IBAs are now recognized as globally significant by the national IBA Technical Committee. IBA program coordinator Caleb Putnam is now the vice chair of the Coordinating Council of the Michigan Bird Conservation Initiative (MiBCI), and is working to build partnerships resulting in the long term monitoring and conservation of these sites.

Site Namesort descending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Gull Island (Lake Michigan) Recognized State
Haehnle Sanctuary Recognized State Jackson
Helmet Shoal and Saddlebag Island Recognized State Chippewa
High Island beaches (Piping Plover) Recognized State
Hillsdale Co. Henslow's Sparrow privatelands Recognized State
Huron National Forest (Golden-winged Warbler management units) Recognized State
Isabella County farms (Grasshopper Sparrow) Recognized State
Isle Royale National Park Recognized State
Kalamazoo Nature Center grasslands Recognized State
Kirtland's Warbler Management Units & Guide's Rest Recognized Global Chippewa, Crawford, Delta, Otsego
Lake Erie Metropark Recognized State Wayne
Lake Erie Metropark Hawk Watch Recognized State Monroe, Wayne
Lake Macatawa Recognized State Ottawa
Lake Michigan Long-tailed Duck IBA Recognized Global
Lake St. Clair Recognized State St. Clair, Wayne
Little Bay de Noc (inc. Portage Marsh & Aronson Island sandbar) Recognized State Delta
Lower Au Sable River and Iosco Co. Northern Goshawk IBA Identified State
Lower St. Mary's River and Potagannissing Bay Recognized State Chippewa
Mackinac Straits Hawk Watch Recognized State Emmet
Mackinac Straits to St. Martin's Bay Recognized State


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