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West Virginia Important Bird Areas

The West Virginia Important Bird Areas (IBA) program aims to identify and conserve sites throughout the state that contain significant habitats for breeding, wintering and migrating birds. Sites are selected as Important Bird Areas by using scientifically defensible, standardized criteria. By focusing more attention on the most essential and vulnerable areas the WV IBA Program will help to promote proactive habitat conservation, while at the same time playing an integral part in other national efforts such as Partners in Flight and the North American Bird Conservation Initiative. The information gathered in the process of identifying IBA's will guide land use planning and resource management decisions, so that birds and their habitat needs will be conserved.

Critical to the success of the WV IBA program is the participation of many partner organizations, professional ornithologists, birders, students and volunteers. Only through the building of a strong network of grassroots support, in a participatory process, will the program be successful.  Click here for more information on West Virginia's IBA Program.


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