Oklahoma IBA Update
In the Fall of 2006 the Oklahoma Audubon Council selected Eric Beck as
our State's Important Bird Areas Coordinator. Eric is currently serving
in a volunteer capacity, with the Council covering his expenses. We are
now working on obtaining funding to transition this to a paid position.
If you would like to contribute to the Council's IBA program, please
visit our support page.
Please click here for an introduction to the
Oklahoma IBA program from Martin Brown, Chair of our IBA Steering
Please be sure to read coordinator Eric Beck's regular IBA updates:
Spring 2008 IBA Update
Winter 2007/2008 IBA Update
For additional information on the IBA program in Oklahoma please visit
IBA Page on the National Audubon IBA site.
IMPORTANT BIRD AREAS PROGRAM
A Global Currency for Bird
Audubon, as the Partner for
BirdLife International, is working to identify a network of
sites that provide critical habitat for birds. This effort known as
the Important Bird Areas 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, principally the
American Bird Conservation Initiative, to identify those places
that are critical to birds during some part of their life cycle
(breeding, wintering, feeding, migrating) we hope 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. The
IBA program is a global effort to identify areas that are most
important for maintaining bird populations, and focus conservation
efforts at protecting these sites. In the U.S. the IBA program has
become a key component of many bird conservation efforts, for
Partners in Flight,
North American Waterbird Conservation Plan, and the
U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan.