Important Bird Areas

Beaufort Sea Nearshore

Alaska

The Beaufort Sea Nearshore IBA occupies 1,384,195 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 14.4 km from the nearest land.

It Beaufort Sea Nearshore IBA is owned and managed as: federal-other and state-other, and has the following primary uses: hunting-other, refuge-wildlife management, and oil extraction. It is exposed to the following threat types: boats, oil extraction, habitat fragmentation, natural events-other, and water pollution

The Beaufort Sea Nearshore is an IBA for the following species: Glaucous Gull and Long-tailed Duck. It contains an estimated 19,990 Glaucous Gull (breeding) and 293,157 Long-tailed Duck (breeding).

Ornithological Summary

Beaufort Sea Nearshore is an IBA for the following species: Glaucous Gull and Long-tailed Duck. It contains an estimated 19,990 Glaucous Gull (breeding) and 293,157 Long-tailed Duck (breeding). These estimates are based on the analysis of 6 non-breeding surveys and 1017 breeding surveys. These surveys were conducted between July 02, 1975 and October 03, 2007.

Conservation Issues

The Beaufort Sea Nearshore IBA is threatened by: boats, oil extraction, habitat fragmentation, natural events-other, and water pollution.

Ownership

The Beaufort Sea Nearshore IBA is owned and managed as: federal-other and state-other.

Habitat

The Beaufort Sea Nearshore 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 -20.9 m and ranges from -306.4 m to 0.0 m.

Land Use

The Beaufort Sea Nearshore IBA is used for: hunting-other, refuge-wildlife management, and oil extraction.

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