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.

 = IBA Information/Nomination form available
X = IBA Information/Nomination form NOT available


Air Force

SITE Audubon ABC
Alligator River NWR (includes Dare County Range, NC) X
Avon Park Air Force Range (FL)
Cape Canaveral Air Station (FL)
Eglin Air Force Base (FL)
Cape San Blas (Eglin AFB, FL)  
Holloman Air Force Base (NM) X  
Kirtland Air Force Base (NM) X  
Vandenberg Air Force Base (CA) X
Westover Air Reserve Base (MA) X  



SITE Audubon ABC
Camp Blanding (FL, Army National Guard)  
Fort Campbell (KY/TN)  
Fort Benning (GA) X
Fort Bragg (NC)  
Fort Drum (NY)  
Fort Hood (TX)  
Fort Jackson (SC)  
Fort McCoy (WI) X  
Fort Polk (LA)  
Fort Riley (KS)  
Fort Sill (OK), Wichita Mountains NWR  
Fort Stewart (GA) X
Huachuca Mtns (AZ; includes Fort Huachuca) X  
Jefferson Proving Ground / Big Oaks NWR (IN)  
Massachusetts Military Reservation (MA) X  
Snake River Birds of Prey NCA (ID), includes ID ARNG Orchard Training Area  
Yakima Training Center (WA) X  


Marine Corps

SITE Audubon ABC
Camp Lejeune (NC) X  
Camp Pendleton (CA) X



SITE Audubon ABC
Acadia National Park (includes NSGA Winter Harbor, ME)  
Boardman Bombing Range (OR) X  
Crescent Harbor Marshes (NAS Whidbey Island WA) X  
Indian Island Naval Reservation (WA) X  
Kings Bay Naval Station (GA) X  
Mugu Lagoon, Naval Air Weapons Station Point Mugu (CA)  
Naval Weapon Station Concord (CA) X  
Northeast Coastal Maine(includes NCTS Cutler)  
San Clemente Island (CA)  
San Diego NWR Complex (CA), includes:
- Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach
- Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station



US Army Corps of Engineers

SITE Audubon ABC
Allegany Reservoir (NY) X  
Andrews Island Spoil Site (GA) X  
Blue Marsh Lake (PA) X  
Carters Lake (GA)  
Coos Bay (OR) X  
Fern Ridge Reservoir (OR) X  
Jordan Lake (NC) X  
Lake Red Rock (IA)   X
Lake Wappapello (MO) X  
Mark Twain NWR (MO,IA,IL)  
Riverlands Environmental Demonstration Area (MO) X  
Savannah Spoil Site (SC) X X
Saylorville Reservoir (IA)   X
Schodack Island State Park Area (NY) X  
Siltcoos Lake (OR) X  
Upper Mississippi River NWR (MN,WI,IA,IL)  
Walla Walla River Delta (WA) X  
Wickiup Reservoir (OR) X