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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 Statussort descending Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Crane Meadows NWR - Rice Skunk Wetland Complex Identified State Morrison D3, D4ii, D4iv
Swan Lake IBA Identified State Nicollet D1, D3, D4iv
Salt Lake IBA Identified State Lac Qui Parle D1, D3, D4ii, D4iv, D4v
Voyageurs Kabetogama IBA Identified State Koochiching, St. Louis
Superior National Forest Identified Global Cook, Lake, St. Louis D1, D3, D4i, D5
Thief Lake Identified State Marshall, Roseau D1, D3, D4iv
South-Central North Shore IBA Identified State Cook, Lake, St. Louis D1, D3, D4iv, D4vi
Heron Lake IBA Identified State Cottonwood, Jackson, Murray D1, D3, D4ii
Des Moines River IBA Identified State Cottonwood, Jackson D1, D3
Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve IBA Recognized Global St. Louis D1, D4vi, D5
Mississippi River Twin Cities IBA Recognized State Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington D1, D4ii, D4iv, D4vi, D5
Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge IBA Recognized State Marshall D1, D3, D4iii, D4v, D4vi, D5
AHATS-Rice Creek IBA Recognized State Ramsey D5
Vermillion Bottoms-Lower Cannon River IBA Recognized State Dakota, Goodhue D1, D3, D4vi
Camp Ripley-Pillsbury-Lake Alexander IBA Recognized State Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison D1, D3, D5
Lake Maria State Park - Harry Larson County Forest IBA Recognized State Wright D1, D3
Prairie Coteau Recognized State Lincoln, Murray, Pipestone, Rock, Yellow Medicine D1, D3


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