Important Bird Areas

Akun Strait Colonies

Alaska

The Akun Strait Colonies IBA occupies 377 acres of land comprised of: bare rock/sand/clay, grassland/herbaceous, and shrubland. The IBA is located in the Aleutian Islands ecoregion. It is owned and managed as: bureau of land management blm, fws - national wildlife refuge, and for profit-other, and has the following primary uses: hunting-other, refuge-wildlife management, and birdwatching.

The Akun Strait Colonies IBA contains 12 seabird colonies. Collectively, these colonies contain 12 seabird species and an estimated 171,869 birds. The meta-colony is an IBA for the following species: Red-faced Cormorant (768) and Tufted Puffin (154,338). The following species are on the Audubon Alaska WatchList: Red-faced Cormorant.

Ornithological Summary

The Akun Strait Colonies IBA contains 12 seabird colonies. Collectively, these colonies contain 12 seabird species and an estimated 171,869 birds. The meta-colony is an IBA for Red-faced Cormorant (768) and Tufted Puffin (154,338). The largest colony, North Island, Akun Strait, contains 8 seabird species and an estimated 54,176 birds. The following species are on the Audubon Alaska WatchList: Red-faced Cormorant.

Conservation Issues

The Akun Strait Colonies IBA is threatened by: aquaculture/fisheries, boats, natural events-other, nutrient pollution, and water pollution.

Habitat

The Akun Strait Colonies IBA is located in the Aleutian Islands ecoregion and contains the following habitat types: bare rock/sand/clay, grassland/herbaceous, and shrubland. The meta-colony occupies a total land area of 377 acres with an average elevation of 9.9 m.

Land Use

The Akun Strait Colonies IBA is used for: hunting-other, refuge-wildlife management, and birdwatching.