Important Bird Areas
Four Eastern Saline Wetland sites in Lancaster and Saunders counties are part of Audubon Nebraska’s Important Bird Areas (IBA) program. The IBA program identifies key sites in Nebraska that are critical to the survival of birds, and promotes the conservation of these sites in order to maintain healthy bird populations. The program is part of an international program overseen by National Audubon in the United States and BirdLife International in over 150 countries around the world.
Important bird areas provide essential habitat for one or more species of birds, either during breeding season, on migration, or in winter. These areas range in size from a few acres to thousands of acres, and can be found on public, private or mixed ownership lands.
Bird Survey Data from the 4 Eastern Saline-Wetland IBA's:
- Arbor Lake and Adjacent Little Salt Creek
- Frank Shoemaker Marsh
- Jack Sinn Wildlife Management Area
- Whitehead Saline Wetlands
Data from Additional Saline-Wetland Bird Surveys:
- Upper Little Salt Creek Saline Wetlands Bird Day 5/14/2014
- Frank Shoemaker Marsh Bird Day 5/28/2008
- Frank Shoemaker Marsh Bird Count (1975-2007)
- Spanning firve saline wetland locations - Bird Record (1980-1987)