The Rocky River Important Bird Area serves as a replicable model for anyone to establish a National Audubon Important Bird Area (IBA) to conserve birds and habitat for science and community. Learn more in this "how-to" summary.
How To Conduct an Important Bird Area Project by Tom Romito, President Emeritus and Member, Western Cuyahoga Audubon
Are you interested in starting a local National Audubon Society Important Bird Area in your community? Listen to this helpful primer, How To Conduct an Important Bird Area Project by Tom Romito, President Emeritus and Member, Western Cuyahoga Audubon, presented April 18, 2017 to the Avon Garden Club, at the Miller Nature Preserve - Lorain County Metro Parks, 2739 Center Rd, Avon, OH 44011.
Tom shares the story of the Rocky River Important Bird Area (RRIBA), a model any community can apply to, "protect these iconic places and the birds that depend on them, and mobilize the National Audubon network of Chapters to act as stewards." (National Audubon Society)
Top-of-mind points people should know and do to organize their own IBA projects:
More at Wikipedia: "An Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) is an area identified using an internationally agreed set of criteria as being globally important for the conservation of bird populations. The program was developed and sites are identified by BirdLife International. Currently there are over 12,000 IBAs worldwide. These sites are small enough to be entirely conserved and differ in their character, habitat or ornithological importance from the surrounding habitat. In the United States the Program is administered by the National Audubon Society. Often IBAs form part of a country's existing protected area network, and so are protected under national legislation. Legal recognition and protection of IBAs that are not within existing protected areas varies within different countries. Some countries have a National IBA Conservation Strategy, whereas in others protection is completely lacking." Learn More
And at the National Audubon Society: "Many of America’s most beloved and biologically rich landscapes are in grave danger.At the National Audubon Society: "From the Arctic Slope in Alaska to the Mississippi Delta, and from the Northeast’s Long Island Sound to the wetlands of the Everglades, the power of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) cannot be overstated. Audubon is leading the way to protect these iconic places and the birds that depend on them, and mobilizing our network of Chapters to act as stewards." Learn More
What are your experiences with Important Bird Areas and efforts to organize conservation of local natural areas? Share your stories in the comments section below. We'd like to hear from you!
At the Avon Garden Club meeting, Miller Nature Preserve - Lorain County Metro Parks, 2739 Center Rd, Avon, OH 44011 on April 18, 2017.
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