Manitoba’s Important Bird Areas

Manitoba is home to 36 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) that cover more than 15,680 km2. From the shores of Hudson Bay to the mixed-grass prairie in the southwest corner of the province, each IBA has its own significance to birds and biodiversity. Located on public and private land, many of Manitoba’s IBAs have no formal protection. Favorite birding destinations like Delta Marsh, Oak Hammock Marsh, Churchill and Whitewater Lake all have IBA status.

Each IBA in Manitoba has a site summary, which can be viewed on the IBA Canada website. Site summaries and maps were published in 2000. To learn more about Manitoba’s volunteer IBA Caretaker Network and how you can get involved, please visit our Volunteer page.

Newsflash February 2019! New IBA announced at the Ellice-Archie and Spy Hill Community Pastures

NEW REPORT – A Review of Bird Monitoring in Manitoba SARPAL Target Areas in 2017 and 2018

Manitoba Important Bird Areas brochure and map (see below) with all IBAs in the province now available! 

To request a copy, please contact Marissa Berard, IBA Coordinator at or call 204-943-9029.

Manitoba IBA Brochure