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New Jersey IBA Contact

Jean Lynch

New Jersey IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 7 320,183
Continental 24 2,113,513
State 92 1,374,556
Total 123 3,808,252

New Jersey Audubon Society, working closely with the New Jersey Endangered and Non-game Species Program and the National Audubon Society, has expanded the IBA initiative in NJ with the Important Bird and Birding Area (IBBA) Program. This program identifies areas that provide essential habitats for sustaining bird populations (Bird Areas) as well as areas that are exceptional for bird watching (Birding Areas). The objectives of the NJ IBBA Program include: ? Identification of a network of sites that will help sustain naturally occurring populations of birds in NJ and sites that are exceptional for bird watching. ? Ensuring the continued viability of these areas through conservation and ecotourism efforts. ? Raising public awareness of the value of habitat for birds and other native wildlife. ? Generating increased support for conservation by educating private industry, landowners, and other stakeholders about the economic and educational value of birdwatching. Following a rigourous nomination and review period, NJ?s IBBA Program now recognizes over 120 IBAs throughout the state. These sites represent a variety of different habitat types and support a wide range of breeding, wintering and migrating species of birds. NJAS has established a great many partnerships with key stakeholders, including members of governmental agencies, conservation organizations, educational institutions, local communities and private landowners, to implement habitat conservation strategies at IBAs. An integral component of NJAS? conservation efforts includes habitat conservation and forest stewardship workshops through which NJAS connects private landowners with voluntary incentive programs that can assist them with implemenation of conservation practices. This approach brings a broad constituency together in a spirit of partnership that will ensure the successful conservation of IBAs. NJAS has also begun implementing citizen science monitoring at IBAs. Data collection will contribute to a growing site-specific avian and habitat database. Citizen scientist monitoring will also allow us to assess the impacts of various conservation strategies on birds and other wildlife. The incorporation of research into conservation action is vital to achieving effective conservation.

Site Namesort descending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Absecon Inlet Recognized State Atlantic D1, D4v
Allamuchy Mountain State Park Recognized State Sussex, Warren D1, D3, D4vii
Alpha (Pohatcong) Grasslands Recognized State Warren D1
Amwell Valley Grasslands Recognized State Hunterdon, Somerset D1
Arthur Kill Complex and Tributaries Recognized State Middlesex, Union D1, D4ii, D4iii, D5
Assunpink Wildlife Management Area Recognized State Mercer, Monmouth D1, D3, D4ii
Atlantic City Airport Recognized State Atlantic D1
Baldpate Mountain Recognized State Mercer D1, D3, D4vii, D5
Barnegat Bay Recognized State Ocean D1, D4i, D4ii, D4iii
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park & Inlet Recognized State Ocean D1, D4i, D4ii
Bass River Marsh Recognized Global Burlington, Ocean B3, D1, D3
Bear Swamp Natural Area Recognized State Cumberland D1, D3
Bear Swamp Wildlife Management Area - Sussex Recognized Continental Sussex B3, D1, D3, D5
Bear Swamp/Red Lion Preserve Recognized State Burlington D1, D3, D4vii
Beaver Swamp Wildlife Management Area Recognized State Cape May D1, D3
Belleplain State Forest Recognized Continental Cape May, Cumberland B3, D1, D3, D4i, D4vii
Big Brook Park Region Grasslands Recognized State Monmouth D1, D3, D4vii
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest Recognized State Burlington, Ocean D1, D3
Buckshutem Wildlife Management Area Recognized Continental Cumberland B3, D1, D3, D4vii
Burden Hill Recognized Continental Salem B3, D1, D4vii


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