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Minnesota IBA Contact

Dale Gentry

Minnesota IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 13 5,378,850
State 44 6,060,665
Total 57 11,439,515

Fifty-seven Important Bird Areas have been identified throughout Minnesota -See Map. Coinciding with the overall mission of Audubon Minnesota; the goal of the Important Bird Areas Program is to ensure the survival of wild bird populations through the identification and protection of their most important habitats. The IBA program is conducted in partnership by Audubon Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources-Nongame Program. Its purpose is to identify, monitor and conserve sites for birds in Minnesota while connecting to other Important Bird Areas throughout the United States and the world. Minnesota IBAs are identified by a Technical Committee comprised of numerous bird experts and conservationists from Audubon, birding groups, and federal and state agencies. The Technical Committee established state-specific criteria, a nomination process, and evaluates sites for identification as Important Bird Areas. Currently 57 Important Bird Areas (~ 12 million acres) have been identified in Minnesota out of over 240 sites that have been suggested for consideration. Once identified, Audubon Minnesota works with partners, landowners, and Audubon Chapters to develop and implement conservation and monitoring plans for each site. These sites are the focus for Audubon's conservation actions in the future. Involvement by partners and the general public is the key to protecting birds and Important Bird Areas. Thus, every effort is being made to involve all interested persons and organizations in the IBA program. 

Site Name Status Prioritysort descending Counties IBA Criteria
Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve IBA Recognized Global St. Louis D1, D4vi, D5
St. Croix Bluffs IBA Identified Global Washington D1, D3, D4iii, D5
Bluestem Prairie-Buffalo River State Park IBA Identified Global Clay D1, D3, D5
Hamden Slough NWR IBA Identified Global Becker D1, D3, D4iii, D4v
Felton Prairie IBA Identified Global Clay D1, D3
Lac Qui Parle - Big Stone IBA Identified Global Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, Swift D1, D3, D4ii, D4iv, D4v, D5
Upper Minnesota River Valley IBA Identified Global Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Le Sueur, Nicollet, Redwood, Renville, Sibley, Yellow Medicine D1, D3, D4ii, D4iii, D4iv, D4v
Mississippi River - Lake Pepin IBA Identified Global Goodhue, Wabasha D1, D4ii
Rothsay Prairie Identified Global Wilkin D1, D3
Glacial Ridge Identified Global Polk, Red Lake D1, D3
Chippewa Plains Identified Global Beltrami, Cass, Isanti D1, D3, D4ii, D5
Twin Valley - Neal Prairie Identified Global Norman D1, D3
Superior National Forest Identified Global Cook, Lake, St. Louis D1, D3, D4i, D5
North Shore Peregrine Falcon Eyries Identified State Cook, Lake D1, D5
Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve IBA Identified State Dakota, Scott D1, D3, D5
Mississippi River Twin Cities IBA Recognized State Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington D1, D4ii, D4iv, D4vi, D5
Kittson-Roseau Aspen Parkland IBA Identified State Kittson, Roseau D1, D3, D4iii
McGregor IBA Identified State Aitkin D1, D3, D4ii
Itasca State Park Identified State Becker, Clearwater, Hubbard D1, D3, D5
Upper Mississippi River NWR IBA Identified State Houston, Wabasha, Winona D1, D3, D4ii


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