This large inlet, on the southern end of Kuskokwim Bay, extends well inland from the coast and is enclosed at its mouth by two long sand spits that leave a narrow, 1 km-wide opening. The bay is fed by the Goodnews and Tunolik rivers and several smaller drainages along the north and south shores. Extensive intertidal flats occur on the delta of the major rivers and the spits.

The village of Goodnews Bay is located at the head of the bay at the mouth of the Goodnews River.

Ornithological Summary

Available data are too scarce however, Petersen et al (1991a) provide several records of shorebird use of this area that suggest the site is comparable to Carter Bay to the north, and Chagvan Bay to the south. Additional study is likely to provide evidence of importance of this site to shorebirds
Information on population numbers of waterfowl species staging in Nanvak, Chagvan, and Goodnews Bays (proportions of birds staging in each bay is 35%, 60% and 5% respectively C. Dau, pers. com) during spring and autumn migration are provided in Petersen et al. (1991b)
Goodnews Bay is also an important nesting area for terns. More than 1% of Aleutian terns nest at this site.
High proportion of Emperor Goose and Steller's Eider populations, as well as high overall numbers of waterbirds depending on this area for staging during migration allow nomination of Goodnews bay as an IBA of global importance.

Year for all species except terns and emeror goose are unknown.

Hudsonian Godwit: A1?

Surveys for emperor goose conducted 1980-2000.

Surveys for Terns conducted 1933, 74, 86, 94.

Conservation Issues

Marine pollution from transported oil products. Pollution with arsenic and other chemical byproducts of gold/platinum mining. Bycatch of birds in nearshore waters.


Inshore waters, Estuaries, Intertidal mud/sandflats, Sand spits, Graminoid/sedge meadows, and Sand/gravel shoreline.

Shoreline 109 km
Barrier beach/spit - 15km
Veget. intertidal 37km
Unveg. intert. - 24 km

Land Use

Mining for gold and platinum

Urban/industrial/ transport


Barge traffic

Commercial gill net fishery

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