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Birds find Maine attractive for many of the same reasons we do—the state offers a unique blend of landscapes spanning from mountains to the sea, with forests, grasslands, rivers, marshes, and long coastlines in between. Where we find beautiful places to hike and kayak, camp and relax, birds find the habitat they need for their survival.
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Selection of approximately 100 IBAs in Maine is being made from a pool of potential IBAs nominated by citizens, landowners, Audubon chapter members, government personnel, conservation organizations, and sporting groups. Additional nominations based on state and federal agency bird census work are included.
Nominations are reviewed by the Maine IBA Technical Committee, a group of almost two dozen natural resource professionals and citizens with expertise and knowledge about Maine’s bird populations. There will be several rounds of IBA selection out of the pool of nominations.
The IBA Program seeks to identify the most important and highest priority areas across the state for bird conservation; however, every area that supports an endangered or threatened species does not necessarily qualify as an IBA. Rather, areas that are nominated are compared to each other and those deemed most important relative to the others are selected as IBAs.
Review of Maine IBAs will be necessary over time as bird conservation concerns change and species lists used as the basis for IBA criteria are updated (e.g., endangered and threatened species, special concern species, Partners in Flight priority ratings).
Areas nominated for an IBA met at least one of three primary criteria. Two secondary criteria sometimes strengthened the case for nomination.
IBAs are selected based on how well they meet the criteria. although these criteria are not absolute and should be viewed as guidelines only. Other factors, such as relative importance or a unique combination of characteristics, may be considered when making final IBA selections.
IBAs may be dropped as bird populations and the associated IBA criteria change over time, and new IBAs may be added.
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Falmouth, Maine 04105
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