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Maine’s Important Bird Area (IBA) program is part of a global effort to identify areas that are most critical for long-term bird conservation. IBAs must meet a set of criteria developed by a Technical Committee of bird experts. The criteria are focused primarily on large concentrations of birds, species of conservation concern, and species diversity. Maine has so far identified 22 IBAs, primarily along the coast and around wetlands [pdf].
We are currently seeking nominations for our second round of IBA identification, and need your help. You can contribute to the IBA program by:
Thank you in advance for any help you can offer this next phase of IBA identification in Maine!
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. The committee will meet in the fall of 2013 to review the next round of IBAs.
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.