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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 Namesort descending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Exchange Road Grasslands Recognized State Huron
Forrest Woods Nature Preserve Recognized State Paulding
Funk Bottoms Recognized State Ashland, Wayne
Germantown Recognized State Montgomery
Gilmore Ponds Recognized State Butler
Grand River-Lower Watershed Recognized State Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake
Grand River-Upper Recognized State Ashtabula, Geauga, Trumbull
Great Miami River-Lower Recognized State Hamilton
Hocking Hills Recognized State Hocking
Hueston Woods Recognized State Butler, Preble
Kendrick Woods Recognized State Allen
Killbuck Valley Recognized State Holmes, Wayne
Killdeer Plains-Big Island Recognized State Marion, Wyandot
La Su An Recognized State Williams
Lake Erie Central Basin Recognized Global Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Lake, Lorain
Lake Erie Western Basin Recognized Global Erie, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Wood
Lawrence Woods Recognized State Hardin
Liberty Park Recognized State Summit
Little Beaver Creek Recognized State Columbiana
Little Miami River Recognized State Clark, Greene, Hamilton, Warren


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