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Alaska IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 174 106,641,073
Continental 8 3,155,469
State 31 9,705,649
Total 213 119,502,191

Please Note: Alaska Important Bird Areas content on this website is still being updated and does not reflect the latest inventory of Alaska sites. Please refer to the Audubon Alaska Important Bird Areas site for the most current map, list, and information on Alaska Important Bird Areas. An interactive map of Alaska sites is available via Data Basin, Important Bird Areas of Alaska V3.

Alaska spans 1200 miles from north to south, and 2300 miles from west to east with a land mass that is larger than Texas, California, and Montana combined. Alaska has over 47,000 miles of coastline and a diversity of habitats that range from temperate rainforest to Arctic tundra. Alaska also has more than 75 million seabirds, 10 million waterfowl, and many species of birds that breed nowhere else in the US.

Alaska's IBA program began in 2000, in cooperation with the Russian Union for Bird Conservation and the Asia Council of BirdLife International, to identify marine and coastal IBAs on both the Alaskan and Russian sides of the Bering Sea. In October 2001, Audubon Alaska initiated a second IBA project in the Cook Inlet watershed of southcentral Alaska. Sites were identified based on information provided by wildlife agencies, Audubon chapters, major landowners, and others in the Cook Inlet area.

In 2004, Audubon Alaska received a State Wildlife Grant from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game to support a statewide IBA project. Building on the work already carried out in the Bering Sea and Cook Inlet regions, Audubon Alaska launched the statewide IBA project in 2005, and over the next few years identified IBAs across Alaska. An Alaska IBA Technical Committee was formed in April 2005 to help to guide the process.

In 2010 we began developing spatial analysis methods to reassess Alaska's marine IBAs, utilizing a wealth of new at-sea survey data and the revised Beringian seabird colony catalog. With a second grant from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game awarded in 2011, we completed our new marine IBAs in late 2012. This work is continuing in 2013-2015 to identify additional terrestrial, coastal, and nearshore IBAs, to analyze threats to IBAs, and to prioritize conservation of these sites.

 

Site Namesort descending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Agattu Island Identified State Aleutians West D4ii
Agattu Island Colonies Identified Global Aleutians West
Akun Strait Colonies Identified Global Aleutians East
Alaska Range Foothills Recognized State Denali D1, D5
Amagat & Umga Island Colonies Identified Global Aleutians East
Amak Island Colony Identified Global Aleutians East
Amakdedulia Cove Recognized Continental Kenai Peninsula D5
Amalik Bay Colonies Identified Global Kodiak Island
Amchitka Island Colony Identified Global Aleutians West
Amchitka Pass 180W51N Identified Global Aleutians West
Anchor River Recognized State Kenai Peninsula D4vii
Anchorage Coastal Recognized Continental Anchorage
Andreafsky Wilderness Recognized Global Yukon-Koyukuk
Attu Island Colony Identified Global Aleutians West
Baby Islands & Akutan Pass Colonies Identified Global Aleutians East, Aleutians West
Barren Islands Colonies Identified Global Kodiak Island
Barren Islands Marine Identified Global
Barrow Canyon & Smith Bay Identified Global North Slope
Beaufort Sea Nearshore Identified Global North Slope
Beaufort Sea Shelf Edge 152W71N Identified Global

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