Important Bird Areas

New Hampshire

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New Hampshire IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 5 322,691
Continental 1 310,391
State 10 58,919
Total 16 692,001

The New Hampshire Important Bird Area program began in 2002 as a partnership among New Hampshire Audubon, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, and the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. Since its inception, the NH program has identified 17 IBAs within the state, ranging from the seacoast to the Canadian border and up to the tops of the White Mountains. At present, we are working with Audubon Vermont and several additional partners to implement a conservation plan for the "Middle Connecticut River" IBA and, at the other side of the state, get bird conservation objectives written into a regional estuary management plan. The latter region includes two Global IBAs that support the bulk of NH's Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow population.

Site Namesort descending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Brentwood Mitigation Area Recognized State Rockingham
Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Recognized Global Coos A3, D1, D3, D4i
Grafton Forest Block Recognized Continental B3
Great Bay Recognized Global Rockingham, Strafford D3, D4i
Hampton/Seabrook Estuary Recognized Global Rockingham D4i, D4v
High Elevation Spruce-Fir Recognized Global Carroll, Coos, Grafton A3
Isles of Shoals Recognized State Rockingham D1, D3, D4i
Lake Umbagog Recognized Global Coos A3
Merrimack River Floodplain Recognized State Hillsborough, Merrimack
Middle Connecticut River Valley Recognized State Cheshire, Sullivan D4i, D4v
Ossipee Pine Barrens Recognized State Carroll
Pawtuckaway Highlands Recognized State Rockingham
Pondicherry Basin Recognized State Coos D1, D3
Pontook Reservoir Recognized State Coos
Powwow Pond Recognized State Rockingham
Squam Lake Recognized State Belknap, Carroll, Grafton

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