Important Bird Areas

Forrester Island Colonies

Alaska

The Forrester Island Colonies IBA occupies 188 acres of land comprised of: bare rock/sand/clay, evergreen forest, mixed forest, shrubland, emergent herbaceous wetlands, and woody wetlands. The IBA is located in the Alexander Archipelago ecoregion. It is owned and managed as: US Fish and Wildlife Service (Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge), and has the following primary uses: refuge-wildlife management and wilderness.

The Forrester Island Colonies IBA contains 5 seabird colonies. Collectively, these colonies contain 12 seabird species and an estimated 884,221 birds. The meta-colony is an IBA for the following species: Cassin's auklet (44,400), Rhinoceros Auklet (108,030), Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (111,212), and Leach's storm-petrel (575,688).

Ornithological Summary

The Forrester Island Colonies IBA contains 5 seabird colonies. Collectively, these colonies contain 12 seabird species and an estimated 884,221 birds. The meta-colony is an IBA for Cassin's auklet (44,400), Rhinoceros Auklet (108,030), Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (111,212), and Leach's storm-petrel (575,688). The largest colony, Petrel Island, contains 11 seabird species and an estimated 713,619 birds.

Ownership

The Forrester Island Colonies IBA is owned and managed as: US Fish and Wildlife Service (Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge).

Habitat

The Forrester Island Colonies IBA is located in the Alexander Archipelago ecoregion and contains the following habitat types: bare rock/sand/clay, evergreen forest, mixed forest, shrubland, emergent herbaceous wetlands, and woody wetlands. The meta-colony occupies a total land area of 188 acres with an average elevation of 15.0 m.

Land Use

The Forrester Island Colonies IBA is used for: refuge-wildlife management and wilderness.