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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 Namesort descending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Lac Qui Parle - Big Stone IBA Identified Global Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, Swift D1, D3, D4ii, D4iv, D4v, D5
Lake Byllesby IBA Identified State Dakota, Goodhue D4v
Lake Maria State Park - Harry Larson County Forest IBA Recognized State Wright D1, D3
Lake of the Woods IBA Identified State Lake of the Woods, Roseau D1, D3, D4iv, D5
Lake Osakis IBA Identified State Douglas, Todd D1, D4iii, D5
Lower Minnesota River Valley IBA Identified State Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Scott D1, D3, D4ii, D4iv, D5
McGregor IBA Identified State Aitkin D1, D3, D4ii
Mille Lacs IBA Identified State Aitkin, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs D1, D4iv
Minneapolis Chain of Lakes IBA Identified State Hennepin D5
Mississippi River - Lake Pepin IBA Identified Global Goodhue, Wabasha D1, D4ii
Mississippi River Twin Cities IBA Recognized State Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington D1, D4ii, D4iv, D4vi, D5
Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve IBA Identified State Dakota, Scott D1, D3, D5
North Metro Mississippi River iBA Identified State Anoka, Hennepin D4iv, D5
North Shore Peregrine Falcon Eyries Identified State Cook, Lake D1, D5
Northland Arboretum IBA Identified State Crow Wing D3, D5
Pigeon Lake IBA Identified State Meeker D4iv
Prairie Coteau Recognized State Lincoln, Murray, Pipestone, Rock, Yellow Medicine D1, D3
Rothsay Prairie Identified Global Wilkin D1, D3
Salt Lake IBA Identified State Lac Qui Parle D1, D3, D4ii, D4iv, D4v
Sax-Zim Bog IBA Identified State St. Louis D1, D3


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