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.
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 for people who want to know about the RRIBA project:
Below: Important Bird Area (IBA) Outreach 2017 by Tom Romito. View and download the PDF here.
Explore more Western Cuyahoga Audubon reports, presentations and stories at our Scribd reading library here.
- Select a tract of land that is already an IBA or ask National Audubon Society to designate it as one.
- Mobilize a committed, consistent, core group of volunteers and professionals to participate in the project.
- Reach consensus on the objective of doing the project.
- Develop a methodology for conducting the project.
- Collaborate with as many partners as possible for funding, publicity, and technical support.