Information at Your Fingertips
Welcome to Canada's Important Bird Areas online
directory! Here you will find information about
the locations, birds, habitats, threats, and conservation
issues associated with Canada's IBA network. There
are several ways to explore Canada's IBAs:
Database – search the
IBA database directly
and read site summaries for individual IBAs.
You may search the database by species, site name (if you
know it) or by province, habitat type, Bird
Conservation Region, and a variety of other means. Once you have a site summary on your screen, be sure
to experiment with the additional tools that are
available, such as the bar chart tool, which gives a
graphical summary of bird population data associated
with the IBA. If you would like to help
populations at IBAs, please click on the link to
eBird Canada from each site summary and enter your IBA bird
sighting records there.
Interactive Map – browse the interactive
application by zooming and panning around to your
area of interest; use the map query tool to find and
zoom to a specific IBA; use the hyperlink tool to
click on an IBA polygon and view the IBA site
summary; when you're finished, print out your own
custom map or take a screen capture to save the map
to PowerPoint. The map tools operate by first
activating them (clicking on the icons to the left
of the map) and then by clicking or drawing on the
map canvas to perform the function in question.
Desktop Tools – Download the latest
KMZ file of
IBA polygons for Google Earth (requires
installation of Google Earth - free download).
An ESRI shapefile is also available for use in GIS
programs. Contact us for details.
Maps containing the IBA polygons shall include the
following citation: Bird Studies Canada and Nature
Canada. 2004-2012. Important Bird Areas of Canada
Database. Port Rowan, Ontario: Bird Studies Canada.
To access the Canadian IBA directory:
Web Mapping Service – IBA boundaries, as well
as locations of many citizen science monitoring
programs, can be inserted into your favourite
mapping client (e.g., ArcGIS, ArcGIS Explorer [free
download; like Google Earth, but more powerful],
mapping website, etc.).
Downloadable PDF maps – printable maps of
individual IBAs can be accessed from the online directory or any of the
tools listed above. Poster-sized maps (24 x 36
inches) are also available for
Labrador, and the
Please note that file sizes are large and may be
slow to download.