Globally Important Bird Area Information
The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has recognized East Park for its significance in the ongoing effort to conserve wild birds and their habitats, and has designated East Park Reservoir as a Globally Important Bird Area (IBA). ABC's IBA Program aims to identify and protect a network of key sites in the US to further national and global bird conservation. IBA programs have been initiated throughout the world, including Europe, Africa, The Middle East, Canada, Mexico and Ecuador as well as the United States. ABC's IBA Program, supported in part by the Nature Conservancy and the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund, will soon be producing the book, The Bird Conservation Handbook, Globally Important Bird Areas of the US.
Being named as an IBA benefits East Park by focusing national publicity on its value to birds, attracting more visitors and potentially leading to increased funding. As well as inclusion in the IBA book, East Park is now part of a national network of IBAs.