DoD Partners in Flight (DoD PIF)

Military Lands as Important Bird Areas

The Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program is a global effort to identify and conserve areas that are vital to birds and other biodiversity. Some military lands, including DoD installations and Army Corps of Engineers projects, have been identified as IBAs. In general, an IBA should exist as an actual or potential protected area, or should have the potential to be managed in some way for birds and general nature conservation. Military installations, through their Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans and Sikes Act compliance, manage their lands in ways that benefit naturally occurring bird populations. Corps project sites also implement comprehensive management plans which enhance bird habitat. Refer to the table below for IBA information on DoD installations. Global IBAs are administered by American Bird Conservancy (ABC), and IBAs administered by the National Audubon Society may meet State, Continental, or Global criteria.

Identification as an Important Bird Area is recognition from an outside organization (American Bird Conservancy, National Audubon Society, or both) of excellent stewardship of military lands that benefits resident and migratory birds and their habitats. Identification as an IBA entails no legal or management requirements. Once a site has been identified and/or nominated as an IBA, official designation via a recognition ceremony may take place at the discretion of the installation. The DoD PIF program endorses Important Bird Areas on military lands, where appropriate. Please note that public access to military installations is handled on a site by site basis. IBA status does not imply public access to a site.

Air Force

Alligator River NWR (includes Dare County Range, NC)

Alligator River NWR - American Bird Conservancy pdf [43 KB]

Avon Park Air Force Range (FL)

Avon Park Air Force Range - American Bird Conservancy pdf [39 KB]
Avon Park Air Force Range - Audubon pdf [26 KB]

Cape Canaveral Air Station (FL)

Cape Canaveral Air Station - American Bird Conservancy pdf [41 KB]
Cape Canaveral Air Station - Audubon pdf [31 KB]

Cape San Blas (Eglin AFB, FL)

Cape San Blas - Audubon pdf [38 KB]

Eglin Air Force Base (FL)

Eglin Air Force Base - American Bird Conservancy pdf [32 KB]
Eglin Air Force Base - Audubon pdf [19 KB]

Holloman Air Force Base (NM)

None

Kirtland Air Force Base (NM)

None

Vandenberg Air Force Base (CA)

Vandenberg Air Force Base - American Bird Conservancy pdf [41 KB]

Westover Air Reserve Base (MA)

None

Army

Camp Blanding (FL, Army National Guard)

Camp Blanding - Audubon pdf [17 KB]

Fort Benning (GA)

Fort Benning - American Bird Conservancy pdf [39 KB]

Fort Bragg (NC)

Fort Bragg - American Bird Conservancy pdf [39 KB]

Fort Campbell (KY/TN)

Fort Campbell - American Bird Conservancy pdf [31 KB]

Fort Drum (NY)

Fort Drum - Audubon pdf [10 KB]

Fort Hood (TX)

Fort Hood - American Bird Conservancy pdf [43 KB]

Fort Jackson (SC)

None

Fort McCoy (WI)

None

Fort Polk (LA)

Fort Polk - American Bird Conservancy pdf [39 KB]

Fort Riley (KS)

Fort Riley - American Bird Conservancy pdf [30 KB]

Fort Sill (OK), Wichita Mountains NWR

Fort Sill - American Bird Conservancy pdf [40 KB]

Fort Stewart (GA)

Fort Stewart - American Bird Conservancy pdf [40 KB]

Huachuca Mtns (AZ), includes Fort Huachuca

None

Jefferson Proving Ground / Big Oaks NWR (IN)

Jefferson Proving Ground / Big Oaks NWR - American Bird Conservancy pdf [42 KB]

Massachusetts Military Reservation (MA)

None

Snake River Birds of Prey NCA (ID), includes ID ARNG Orchard Training Area

Snake River Birds of Prey NCA (ID) - American Bird Conservancy pdf [40 KB]

Yakima Training Center (WA)

None

Marine Corps

Camp Lejeune (NC)

None

Camp Pendleton (CA)

Camp Pendleton - American Bird Conservancy pdf [31 KB]

Navy

Acadia National Park, includes NSGA Winter Harbor, ME

Acadia National Park - American Bird Conservancy pdf [44 KB]

Boardman Bombing Range (OR)

None

Crescent Harbor Marshes (NAS Whidbey Island WA)

None

Indian Island Naval Reservation (WA)

None

Kings Bay Naval Station (GA)

None

Mugu Lagoon, Naval Air Weapons Station Point Mugu (CA)

Mugu Lagoon - American Bird Conservancy pdf [39 KB]

Naval Weapon Station Concord (CA)

None

Northeast Coastal Maine (includes NCTS Cutler)

Northeast Coastal Main - American Bird Conservancy pdf [42 KB]

San Clemente Island (CA)

San Clemente Island - American Bird Conservancy pdf [43 KB]

San Diego NWR Complex (CA), includes:

- Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach
- Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station

None

US Army Corps of Engineers

Allegany Reservoir (NY)

None

Andrews Island Spoil Site (GA)

None

Blue Marsh Lake (PA)

None

Carters Lake (GA)

Carters Lake - Audubon pdf [13 KB]

Coos Bay (OR)

None

Fern Ridge Reservoir (OR)

None

Jordan Lake (NC)

None

Lake Red Rock (IA)

None

Lake Wappapello (MO)

None

Mark Twain NWR (MO, IA, IL)

Mark Twain NWR - American Bird Conservancy pdf [42 KB]

Riverlands Environmental Demonstration Area (MO)

None

Savannah Spoil Site (SC)

None

Saylorville Reservoir (IA)

None

Schodack Island State Park Area (NY)

None

Siltcoos Lake (OR)

None

Upper Mississippi River NWR (MN, WI, IA, IL)

Upper Mississippi River NWR - American Bird Conservancy pdf [40 KB]

Walla Walla River Delta (WA)

None

Wickiup Reservoir (OR)

None