Milestones in the BC IBA program

1985BirdLife International initiated the International IBA Program.
1996An initial working list of 269 potential IBA sites was developed by BC Nature (Federation of BC Naturalists), Canadian Wildlife Service, BC Field Ornithologists, Wild Bird Trust of BC and others.
1999BC Nature received a Millennium Grant to assist with funding an IBA Coordinator to develop conservation plans and materials.
2000Somenos Marsh on Vancouver Island was the first BC IBA to be formally dedicated.
2001Conservation Plans were published for 15 IBA sites around the province. View these Conservation Plans at
2001The Fraser River Estuary IBA, the most significant of all of Canada’s 597 designated areas, was dedicated at Crescent Beach.
2002The Comox IBA was dedicated.
2003The Seabird Survival brochure was published for southern Vancouver Island.
2006The IBA program was reinvigorated with the initiation of a volunteer based Caretaker Network.
2007The goal of recruiting caretakers for 50% of the IBA sites was surpassed!
2008Caretakers were recruited for 90% of BC’s 84 IBAs!
2008A technical BC IBA brochure was produced.
2009An extensive IBA outreach project was initiated with support from Mountain Equipment Coop.
2010A general BC IBA brochure was produced.
2011A Canadian IBA Caretaker Manual was produced.
2011Interpretive and identification signs were placed in 28 IBAs across BC (and more across Canada).
2012Action planning was piloted in several Okanagan IBAs.
2016New IBA identification signs placed in 5 more IBAs across BC.
2016All BC IBA brochures updated.
2016New & existing Caretakers (more than 60 volunteers) continue to monitor more than 90% of BC’s IBAs.