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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:

Data from Additional Saline-Wetland Bird Surveys:

ESpots - Online birding website

A real-time, online checklist program, eBird ( has revolutionized the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. eBird documents the presence or absence of species, as well as bird abundance through checklist data.
Click the links below to view the birding hotspots at these Saline Wetland areas: