Important Bird Areas

Glacier Bay & Icy Strait

Alaska

The Glacier Bay & Icy Strait IBA occupies 360,025 acres of pelagic open water habitat. The IBA is located in the Chichagof Shelf and Inside Waters ecoregion within the North American Pacific Fijordland. The centroid of this IBA is 0.0 km from the nearest land.

It Glacier Bay & Icy Strait IBA is owned and managed as: federal-other and state-other, and has the following primary uses: fisheries/aquaculture-other, park, birdwatching, and ecotourism. It is exposed to the following threat types: aquaculture/fisheries, boats, habitat fragmentation, natural events-other, and water pollution

The Glacier Bay & Icy Strait is an IBA for the following species: Kittlitz's murrelet, Barrow's goldeneye, Surf Scoter, Marbled Murrelet, Pelagic Cormorant, White-winged Scoter, and Kittlitz's murrelet. It contains an estimated 1,914 Kittlitz's murrelet (breeding), 18,552 Barrow's goldeneye (non-breeding), 14,681 Surf Scoter (breeding), 17,365 Marbled Murrelet (breeding), 3,577 Pelagic Cormorant (breeding), 9,181 White-winged Scoter (breeding), and 293 Kittlitz's murrelet (non-breeding). The following species are on the Audubon Alaska WatchList: Kittlitz's Murrelet and Marbled Murrelet.

Ornithological Summary

Glacier Bay & Icy Strait is an IBA for the following species: Kittlitz's murrelet, Barrow's goldeneye, Surf Scoter, Marbled Murrelet, Pelagic Cormorant, White-winged Scoter, and Kittlitz's murrelet. It contains an estimated 1,914 Kittlitz's murrelet (breeding), 18,552 Barrow's goldeneye (non-breeding), 14,681 Surf Scoter (breeding), 17,365 Marbled Murrelet (breeding), 3,577 Pelagic Cormorant (breeding), 9,181 White-winged Scoter (breeding), and 293 Kittlitz's murrelet (non-breeding). These estimates are based on the analysis of 214 non-breeding surveys and 653 breeding surveys. These surveys were conducted between September 15, 1975 and July 11, 2003. The following species are on the Audubon Alaska WatchList: Kittlitz's Murrelet and Marbled Murrelet.

Conservation Issues

The Glacier Bay & Icy Strait IBA is threatened by: aquaculture/fisheries, boats, habitat fragmentation, natural events-other, and water pollution.

Ownership

The Glacier Bay & Icy Strait IBA is owned and managed as: federal-other and state-other.

Habitat

The Glacier Bay & Icy Strait IBA is characterized by the following habitat types: open water. The IBA is located in the Chichagof Shelf and Inside Waters ecoregion with the North American Pacific Fijordland. The average water depth is -102.3 m and ranges from -431.9 m to 0.0 m.

Land Use

The Glacier Bay & Icy Strait IBA is used for: fisheries/aquaculture-other, park, birdwatching, and ecotourism.