Saving Important Bird Areas

Learn more about Arkansas's Important Bird Areas

White Ibis, Little River Bottoms IBA Photo: Ben Krain

A global initiative of BirdLife International, implemented by Audubon and local partners in the United States, the Important Bird Areas Program (IBA) is an effort to identify and conserve areas that are vital to birds and other biodiversity.

Audubon Arkansas has identified 33 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in the state comprising over 3 million acres. These are places that provide essential habitat for one or more species of birds at some time during their annual cycle of breeding, migrating or wintering. Arkansas's IBAs include public lands, land trust conservation lands, and land owned or managed by private companies or citizens. The IBA program is not a regulatory initiative and places no restriction on land use or activities. Audubon staff work with managers of IBAs to support bird and habitat monitoring, habitat management, and education and advocacy efforts focused on birds. Audubon recognizes that IBAs are priority sites for long-term protection.

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