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Nebraska IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 4 76,953
State 20 349,646
Total 24 426,599

Check out our fact sheet on Rowe Sanctuary, a Global IBA for Whooping and Sandhill Crane! {link:Click Here|http://www.audubon.org/bird/iba/nebraska/RoweIBA.pdf} An ornithological summary of Nebraska could be titled "Where East Meets West." Bordered by the Mississippi and Central flyways, the state supports an exceptionally diverse collection of birds. More than 440 species have been documented across the wide variety of habitats available, from the Missouri River riparian forests and tallgrass prairies of the east, to the Rainwater Basin and central Platte River Valley, across the majestic Sandhills west to the panhandle with its shortgrass prairies and Pine Ridge coniferous woodlands. Audubon Nebraska began its IBA effort in August 2003, partnering with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. A technical review committee consisting of some of the state's top birders and biologists was formed. After two nomination rounds, 24 sites have been selected to be IBAs. Avian/habitat management plans are being collected from all selected sites for review by Audubon staff and volunteers. Bird conservation strategies will be recommended, focusing on the suite of critical species at each IBA. The staff and volunteers of Audubon are committed and eager to work with future partners in assisting with bird conservation initiatives. As an example, the Nebraska Partnership for All-Bird Conservation stated in its Annual Plan of Operations to have its conservation committee assist Audubon in nominating sites and publicizing the program's goals.

Site Name Statussort descending Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center Recognized State Lancaster D1, D3
Rowe Sanctuary Recognized Global D1, D4i
North Platte River Valley Recognized Global Garden, Keith D1, D4i, D4v
Fontenelle Forest Recognized State Sarpy D1, D4vii, D5
Neale Woods Nature Center Recognized State Douglas, Washington D1
Indian Cave State Park Recognized State Nemaha, Richardson D1, D4vii
Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area Recognized State Garfield, Loup D1
Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Garden D1, D3
Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Washington D1
Valentine National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Cherry D1
Kiowa Wildlife Management Area Recognized State Scotts Bluff D1
Missouri National Recreational River Recognized Global Cedar, Dixon D1
Ponca State Park Recognized State Dixon
Niobrara State Park Recognized State Knox D1
Lancaster County Saline Wetlands Recognized State Lancaster
Rainwater Basin Recognized State Adams, Butler, Clay, Fillmore, Franklin, Gosper, Hall, Hamilton, Harlan, Kearney, Nuckolls, Phelps, Polk, Saline, Seward, Thayer, York
Schramm Park State Recreation Area Recognized State Sarpy
Niobrara Valley Preserve Recognized State Brown, Cherry, Keya Paha
Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Cherry
Lewis & Clark Lake and Gavins Point Dam Recognized State Cedar, Knox


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