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Michigan IBA Contact

Caleb Putnam

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 Name Status Prioritysort descending Counties IBA Criteria
Cathead Bay beaches (Piping Plover) Recognized State
Lower St. Mary's River and Potagannissing Bay Recognized State Chippewa
Raco Plains & Wilwin Wetland Recognized State Chippewa
Rocky Island (Lake Michigan) Recognized State Delta
Round Island (Bay de Noc) Recognized State Delta
Sand Products and Epoufette Island shoal Recognized State
St. Clair Flats & Harsen's Island Recognized State St. Clair
Sharonville State Game Area Recognized State Jackson
St. Joseph River (Branch and St. Joseph Counties) Recognized State
High Island beaches (Piping Plover) Recognized State
Muskegon State Game Area Recognized State
Gull Island (Lake Michigan) Recognized State
Bear Island Recognized State
Helmet Shoal and Saddlebag Island Recognized State Chippewa
Scarecrow Island Recognized State
St. Vital Island Recognized State Delta
St. Helena Island Recognized State
Bellows Island Recognized State
Smith Lakes Recognized State Berrien
Pinckney Recreation Area Recognized State Livingston

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