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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 ascending Counties IBA Criteria
Yellow Dog Plains Recognized State Marquette
Sleeper Lake burn Recognized State
Winegar Moraine and Iron Co. Northern Goshawk IBA Recognized State Iron
Ogontz Bay Marshes Identified State Delta
Niagara Escarpment 1 LTA Recognized State Chippewa
Rudyard Clay Plain Recognized State Chippewa
Grand Traverse Bay basin (Albert Ecoregion Vii.5.2) Recognized State
Pigeon Country moraines Recognized State Otsego
Gladwin Lake Plain Recognized State Midland
Wigwam Bay marshes (inc. Rifle River mouth) Recognized State
Isabella County farms (Grasshopper Sparrow) Recognized State
Little Bay de Noc (inc. Portage Marsh & Aronson Island sandbar) Recognized State Delta
Snake Island (Big Bay de Noc) Recognized State Delta
Western Lake Erie basin Recognized State Monroe
Mackinac Straits to St. Martin's Bay Recognized State
Saginaw Bay- Tawas Bay Recognized State
St. Vital Point beaches (Piping Plover) Recognized State Chippewa
Grass Bay beaches (Piping Plover) Recognized State
P. H. Hoeft State Park beaches (Piping Plover) Recognized State
Thompson's Harbor State Park beaches (Piping Plover) Recognized State


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