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Ohio IBA Contact

Stephanie Beilke

Ohio IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 7 2,616,100
State 63 1,071,783
Total 70 3,687,883

The Ohio Important Bird Areas Program began in 1999, with a gathering of bird conservation stakeholders critiquing the IBA concept and establishing the first cut of potential IBAs in the state. In 2000, Audubon Ohio hired an IBA coordinator and then the Ohio IBA Technical Committee was formed, to develop the state level criteria, procedures, and nomination forms. Over 200 nomination packets were distributed, with more than 160 nominations returned. Since then, the technical committee has reviewed these nominations to determine those that meet requirements for at least one of the four criteria for IBAs. This process has resulted in the documentation and research of over 100 sites, of which 66 are recognized as Important Bird Areas for Ohio. The Ohio IBA Program has served as a catalyst for community-based action to ensure the long-term stewardship and conservation of the state's diverse natural resources. A state-wide IBA Technical Committee continues to prioritize monitoring and conservation planning on different sites. Workshops to recruit and train volunteers for surveying birds on IBAs have been conducted across the state. Community partners are receptive and actively engaged in the program. Advocacy for IBAs at risk has been efffective. The IBA name is being increasingly used as justification for conservation in the state. Text excerpted from Important Bird Areas of Ohio, 2008

Site Name Status Prioritysort descending Counties IBA Criteria
Wilds Recognized State Muskingum
Pickerington Ponds Recognized State Fairfield, Franklin
Scioto River-Lower Recognized State Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto
Scioto Trail Recognized State Pike, Ross
St. Marys River-Grand Lake Recognized State Auglaize, Mercer, Van Wert
McAfee Tree Farm Recognized State Mercer
Metzger/Ferguson Reservoirs Recognized State Allen
Mohican Recognized State Ashland
Mosquito Creek Corridor Recognized State Trumbull
Oak Openings Recognized State Lucas
Berlin Lakes System Recognized State Mahoning, Portage, Stark
Big Walnut Recognized State Delaware, Franklin
Black River-Mouth Recognized State Lorain
Black River-West Branch Recognized State Lorain
Burnet Woods Recognized State Hamilton
Caesar Creek Recognized State Clinton, Greene, Warren
Chagrin River Corridor Recognized State Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake
Clear Creek Recognized State Fairfield, Hocking
Cleveland Lakefront Recognized State Cuyahoga
Conneaut Harbor Recognized State Ashtabula


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