Audubon's Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program is a global effort to identify and protect habitat that will protect sustainable populations of birds. The IBA Program is built around an adaptable, science-based blueprint that allows Audubon and other conservation partners to make sound conservation decisions in the face of considerable uncertainty from the changing climate, the economy, and gaps in our knowledge of the abundance and distribution of our highest priority species.
Connecticut's IBA Program strives to complement the conservation programs of our state, federal, and nonprofit partners. By connecting people with nature, working with land stewards to develop conservation strategies, and supporting the implementation of these plans at a local level, the IBA Program fills an important niche in statewide conservation efforts by working to protect areas that aren't easily protected under other conservation programs.
The IBA program is overseen by BirdLife International, with Audubon as the partner designate in the United States, 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.
Connecticut currently has 33 publicly announced IBAs and is working to announce additional sites in the future.
For More Information or Questions
|Contact Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe, Important Bird Area Program Coordinator, at 203-405-9116 or by email.
- Aton Forest, Inc., Norfolk, Colebrook
- Audubon Center Bent of the River, Southbury
- Audubon Greenwich (including Quaker Ridge), Greenwich
- Bafflin Sanctuary Complex, Pomfret
- Barn Island Wildlife Management Area, Stonington *
- Connecticut College Arboretum, Waterford, New London
- Couch Hill Preserve, Redding
- Cove Island Park, Stamford
- District of Willimantic Chimney Swift Roosts, Windham *
- East Rock Park, New Haven
- Falkner Island Unit of McKinney NWR, Guilford
- Good Hill Farm Preserve, Woodbury, Roxbury
- Great Captain's Island, Greenwich
- Greenwich Point Park, Greenwich
- Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison *
- Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven
- Mamacoke Island, Waterford
- Menunketesuck and Duck Islands, Westbrook
- Milford Point/Wheeler Marsh, Milford *
- Naugatuck State Forest, Naugatuck, Beacon Falls
- Northwest Park, Windsor
- Quinnipiac River Tidal Marsh, North Haven, New Haven, Hamden *
- Salt Meadow Unit of McKinney NWR, Westbrook *
- Sandy Point, West Haven *
- Silver Sands State Park and Charles Island, Milford
- Station 43, South Windsor
- Stratford Great Meadows Area, Stratford *
- TNC's Devil's Den, Weston, Redding
- Topsmead State Forest, Litchfield
- West River Memorial & Edgewood Park, New Haven
- White Memorial Foundation, Litchfield, Morris *
- Wimisink Preserve, Sherman
- Woodbury Chimney Swift Roost, Woodbury *
*Globally Important Bird Areas
Landscape-level Important Bird Areas include state-owned as well as privately held lands. Any landowners that are within the boundaries of these landscapes are eligible for the benefits of recognizing their properties as part of the IBA Complex, including eligibility for IBA small grants or utilizing the IBA status as a way to bolster other grant applications.
- Mouth of the Connecticut River: This area is located in Old Lyme and Old Saybrook. It includes the Roger Tory Peterson Wildlife Management Area and the Ragged Rock Creek Wildlife Management Area.
- Lyme Forest Block: This area includes lands in several towns within Middlesex and New London Counties. Among state lands in this IBA are: Devil’s Hopyard State Park, Babcock Pond Wildlife Management Area, Zemko Pond Wildlife Management Area, Eightmile River Wildlife Management Area, Nehantic State Forest, Seldon Neck State Park, and Beckett Hill State Park.
- Macedonia Forest Block: This area is located in Kent and Sharon. It includes Audubon Sharon and Macedonia Brook State Park.
- Meshomasic Forest Block: This area covers lands in Hartford and Middlesex County, including Meshomasic State Forest and Gay City State Park.
- Miles Wildlife Sanctuary and Housatonic State Forest Block: This area is located in Sharon and Lakeville, and includes Housatonic State Forest and the Audubon Miles Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Shepaug Forest Block: This area includes forested lands along a 15-mile stretch of the Shepaug River in Washington and Roxbury, Connecticut.