Important Bird Areas

Barrow Canyon & Smith Bay

Alaska

The Barrow Canyon & Smith Bay IBA occupies 1,186,046 acres of pelagic open water habitat. The IBA is located in the Beaufort-Chukchi Coastal - Shelf ecoregion within the Beaufort Sea - continental coast and shelf. The centroid of this IBA is 18.5 km from the nearest land.

It Barrow Canyon & Smith Bay IBA is owned and managed as: bureau of land management blm, federal-other, and state-other, and has the following primary uses: hunting-other and oil extraction. It is exposed to the following threat types: aquaculture/fisheries, boats, habitat fragmentation, natural events-other, and water pollution

The Barrow Canyon & Smith Bay is an IBA for the following species: Black-legged Kittiwake, King Eider, Long-tailed Duck, Sabine's gull, Arctic Tern, and Red Phalarope. It contains an estimated 124,877 Black-legged Kittiwake (breeding), 102,000 King Eider (breeding), 227,259 Long-tailed Duck (breeding), 5,526 Sabine's gull (breeding), 42,123 Arctic Tern (breeding), and 41,445 Red Phalarope (breeding). The following species are on the Audubon Alaska WatchList: King Eider.

Ornithological Summary

Barrow Canyon & Smith Bay is an IBA for the following species: Black-legged Kittiwake, King Eider, Long-tailed Duck, Sabine's gull, Arctic Tern, and Red Phalarope. It contains an estimated 124,877 Black-legged Kittiwake (breeding), 102,000 King Eider (breeding), 227,259 Long-tailed Duck (breeding), 5,526 Sabine's gull (breeding), 42,123 Arctic Tern (breeding), and 41,445 Red Phalarope (breeding). These estimates are based on the analysis of 36 non-breeding surveys and 1029 breeding surveys. These surveys were conducted between July 02, 1975 and August 19, 2008. The following species are on the Audubon Alaska WatchList: King Eider.

Conservation Issues

The Barrow Canyon & Smith Bay IBA is threatened by: aquaculture/fisheries, boats, habitat fragmentation, natural events-other, and water pollution.

Habitat

The Barrow Canyon & Smith Bay IBA is characterized by the following habitat types: open water. The IBA is located in the Beaufort-Chukchi Coastal - Shelf ecoregion with the Beaufort Sea - continental coast and shelf. The average water depth is -40.7 m and ranges from -322.9 m to 0.0 m.

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