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Vermont IBA Contact

Jim Shallow

Vermont IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 1 515,955
Continental 14 3,672,472
State 17 60,928
Total 32 4,249,355

Learn about IBAs on Lake Champlain! Five IBAs are highlighted in videos, as part of a project funded by the Lake Champlain Basin Program. The Important Bird Area Program (IBA) recognizes that habitat loss and fragmentation are the most serious threats facing populations of birds across America and around the world. By working through partnerships to identify those places that are critical to birds during some part of their life cycle (breeding, wintering, feeding, migrating) Audubon Vermont hopes to minimize the effects that habitat loss, and degradation have on bird populations. Unless we can slow the rapid destruction and degradation of habitat, populations of many birds may decline to dangerously low levels. An Important Bird Area is a site that is part of a global network of places recognized for their outstanding value to bird conservation. The goal of the program is to focus conservation efforts where they will have the greatest impact. An IBA can be large or small, public or private, and must meet one of several objective criteria. Since the IBA program is voluntary, there are no legal or regulatory restrictions. The IBA program is overseen by BirdLife International, with Audubon as the partner in North America, and has become a key component of many bird conservation efforts, including, Partners in Flight, North American Waterbird Conservation Plan, and the U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan. By creating a sense of ownership between IBAs and chapters, NGO's, and the birding community, Audubon looks to make the Vermont IBA Program a key component of avian conservation in the state. To this end Audubon is actively integrating the Vermont IBA Program with the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI). Vermont currently has 24 publicly recognized IBAs. Last Updated 12 June 2007

Site Namesort descending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Battell Forest Block Recognized Continental B3
Bennington South Forest Block Recognized Continental B3
Bennington Windham North Forest Block Recognized Continental B3
Berlin Pond IBA Recognized State Washington D3, D4i
Chateauguay No Town Forest Block Recognized Continental B3
Common Loon Complex-Nesting Lakes Merged State Bennington, Caledonia, Essex, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington D1, D4i, D5
Common Loon Lakes IBA Complex Recognized State
Common Tern Island IBA Complex Recognized State
Dead Creek WMA IBA Recognized State Addison D4i, D4ii, D4v
Delta Park IBA Identified Continental Chittenden B3, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4iv, D4v
Franklin County Airport IBA Identified State Franklin D3, D4i, D4v
Green Mountain Audubon/Birds of Vermont IBA Recognized Continental Chittenden B3, D5
Groton Forest Block Recognized Continental B3
Herricks Cove IBA Recognized State Windham D4ii, D4vii
Hubbardton Marshes/Lake Bomoseen IBA Recognized Continental Rutland B3, D3, D4i, D4ii
Little Otter Creek WMA IBA Recognized State Addison D3, D4i, D4ii, D4v
Mansfield Worcester Forest Block Identified Global Addison, Chittenden, Lamoille, Washington B3, D3, D4vi
Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge IBA Recognized State Franklin D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4iv, D4v
Mud Creek WMA IBA Recognized State Grand Isle D4i, D4ii, D4v
Northern Green Mountains Forest Block Recognized Continental B3

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