SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) — The Ucross Foundation ranch has been designated as an important bird area.

The distinction is granted by the National Audubon Society and the American Bird Conservancy. It recognizes habitats as crucial for the conservation of bird populations.

The groups will work with the ranch in a partnership to identify, monitor and conserve the area to save birds.

The designation focuses attention on areas that can lead to acquisitions or easements, establishing voluntary best practices or setting up management agreements.