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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 Statussort descending Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Wayne National Forest-Marietta Recognized State Monroe, Noble, Washington
Egypt Valley Recognized Global Belmont, Guernsey
Forrest Woods Nature Preserve Recognized State Paulding
Liberty Park Recognized State Summit
Shawnee Recognized State Adams, Scioto
Tar Hollow Recognized State Hocking, Ross, Vinton
Tri-Valley Wildlife Area Recognized Global Muskingum
Crown City Wildlife Area Recognized Global Gallia, Lawrence
Woodburry Wildlife Area Recognized Global Coshocton
Lake Erie Central Basin Recognized Global Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Lake, Lorain

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