Latin: Setophaga cerulea
Audubon's Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program is a global effort to identify and protect habitats 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.
For more information or questions, contact Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe, Director of Bird Conservation, by email.
*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.
Looking for more info? We have some materials that may interest you, including select IBA plans, IBA selection guidelines, and the IBA nomination form.
Making a difference, together, for the Lyme Forest Block and Eightmile River Watershed.
Working on a conservation project? Learn about the funds available to Audubon chapters, landowners, universities, and members of IBA stakeholder groups for projects that advance Audubon's conservation priorities at identified IBAs. Application deadline: November 15, 2018
There are so many great ways you can get involved with Audubon Connecticut and make a difference for both the wildlife and the people who call Connecticut home.
Connect with our nature centers in Greenwich, Sharon, and Southbury. Each unique center offers trails, educational resources, conservation opportunities, and more.
Through land stewardship, science, education, and advocacy, Audubon Connecticut works across the state to preserve habitat and protect bird species that are of state, national, and global concern.