Audubon “Important Bird Area”

The Seneca Army Depot is a specially designated Important Bird Area.

The Important Bird Areas Program (IBA) is a global effort to identify and conserve areas that are vital to birds and other biodiversity. The program recognizes that coupled with global warming, habitat loss and fragmentation are the most serious threats facing populations of birds across America and around the world. By working to identify and implement conservation strategies at Important Bird Areas, Audubon hopes to minimize the effects that habitat loss and degradation have on birds and other biodiversity.

The following information was obtained from the Audubon website:

Site Description:

This site encompasses approximately 10,000 acres between Cayuga and Seneca Lakes in the Finger Lakes region. Having formerly been maintained as a military base, much of the area is successional habitat. According to the NY GAP data, approximately 80% of the site is shrub habitat, which includes old field/pastures, shrub swamps, successional hardwoods, and successional shrubs. The site also has extensive forest and some wetland habitat, and supports a population of white deer.

Ornithological Summary:

This relatively large early successional habitat supports characteristic species, including the American Woodcock, Willow Flycatcher, Brown Thrasher, Blue-winged Warbler, Eastern Towhee, and Field Sparrow. A Red-headed Woodpecker was reported in 2003. A Clay-colored Sparrow was observed in 2010. Please click here for a list of birds observed in the Depot. If you have species to add to this list, please notify us.

Conservation Issues:

This site is currently owned by the Seneca County Industrial Development Authority and ownership is expected to be transferred in the near future. Efforts to conserve the shrub/early-successional forest habitats at the site are strongly encouraged.

Bird Photos:

Brown Thrasher © Brad Carlson

Osprey © Kimberly Sucy

Willow Flycatcher © Brad Carlson

Northern Mockingbird © Kimberly Sucy