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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 Namesort descending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Snake Island (Big Bay de Noc) Recognized State Delta
South Fox Island beaches (Piping Plover) Recognized State
St. Clair Flats & Harsen's Island Recognized State St. Clair
St. Helena Island Recognized State
St. Joseph River (Branch and St. Joseph Counties) Recognized State
St. Vital Island Recognized State Delta
St. Vital Point beaches (Piping Plover) Recognized State Chippewa
Sturgeon River Sloughs Wildlife Area Recognized State
Tahquamenon Falls State Park & Munising Moraine IV LTA Recognized State Chippewa
Tawas Point State Park Recognized State
Thompson's Harbor State Park beaches (Piping Plover) Recognized State
Thorn Lake Recognized State Jackson
Upper Paw Paw River (40th St. to Lawrence) Recognized State Van Buren
Warren Dunes State Park Recognized State Berrien
Waterloo Recreation Area Recognized Global Jackson
Western Lake Erie basin Recognized State Monroe
White River (Manistee National Forest) Recognized Global
Whitefish Point Recognized State
Wigwam Bay marshes (inc. Rifle River mouth) Recognized State
Wilderness State Park, Bliss Twp., and Cross Village beaches (Piping Plover) Recognized State Emmet


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