Constitution Marsh
Important Bird Areas

Adopt an IBA

Local groups can play a vital role in furthering the goals of the IBA Program.
Photo: Eric Lind, Audubon New York
Important Bird Areas

Adopt an IBA

Local groups can play a vital role in furthering the goals of the IBA Program.

GET INVOLVED BY ADOPTING AN IMPORTANT BIRD AREA!

Local community members play a vital role in furthering the goals of the Important Bird Areas (IBA) program. Through the Adopt an IBA initiative, a local group (such as an Audubon chapter, local land trust, bird club, school group, etc.) adopts an IBA and energizes a collaborative effort to get others involved at the site in an environmentally sensitive way. Involvement can include organizing an education program, monitoring effort, clean-up day, or habitat improvement project. Adopting an IBA helps conserve, restore and protect the site and helps raise awareness of the importance of the IBA effort at at local level.

BENEFITS

  • Participate in and assist an international bird conservation program
  • Promote a community-based program that adds to a region's quality of life
  • Participate in bird and habitat conservation through meaningful citizen science efforts
  • Implement exciting projects that combine science, education, and birding
  • Create new public outreach opportunities

EXAMPLES OF ACTIVITIES

  • An education program that engages people in learning about birds and their conservation.
  • A monitoring program that collects data to document the occurrence, breeding status, or long-term changes in bird populations and habitat at the site.
  • A resource management program such as a trash clean-up day, birdhouse construction/installation, or recycling program.
  • A habitat restoration project such as an invasive plant control effort or native planting.
  • An outreach program to foster community support for the IBA site such as an annual birding festival, bird walk, or other event. 

TO ADOPT AN IBA OR TO LEARN MORE, CONTACT:
Laura McCarthy, Manager of Conservation Engagement
Audubon New York
2 3rd St, Suite 480
Troy, NY 12180
518-869-9731 (phone)
518-869-0737 (fax)