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Oregon IBA Contact

Bob Sallinger

Oregon IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 15 1,765,829
State 82 2,087,340
Total 97 3,853,169

The Audubon Society of Portland initiated the Oregon Important Bird Area (IBA) program in 2002 to identify the sites in our state most important to bird conservation, and to promote the continuation, restoration, or improvement of avian values at these sites through scientific monitoring, education, and appropriate public or private approaches to protection. The rapidly declining availability of many critical habitats for birds in Oregon makes proactive conservation essential. Oregon hosts a bird list of 486 species, ranking about fifth in the nation for species richness. Fostering this diversity are all four of the world's major terrestrial biomes: alpine, desert, grassland, and forest, as well as over 300 miles of coastline bordering a tremendously productive region of the northeastern Pacific Ocean. Some species for which Oregon is well known are the Harlequin Duck, Marbled Murrelet, Spotted Owl, Wrentit, and Hermit Warbler. Goals for the Oregon IBA Program include: 1) Identifying sites in Oregon most important to avian conservation, 2) Increasing local awareness of sites and their importance, 3) Assembling a team of 'friends' to adopt public sites, 4) Initiating volunteer avian and habitat monitoring at most sites, 5) Promoting management and conservation measures that maintain avian values, and 6) Mobilizing resources so that landowners and managers are able to maintain avian values. Beginning in 2002, the Audubon Society of Portland assembled a Technical Advisory Committee of scientists and wildlife professionals, and contracted wildlife ecologist Matt Hunter to coordinate the IBA program. By January 2004, the Technical Advisory Committee selected 100 of over 200 nominated sites for IBA status and continues to review other potential sites. The IBA website (www.oregoniba.org) lists the sites, reports on activities thus far, documents avian values, and helps coordinate monitoring and conservation efforts at each site. Going forward, the Oregon IBA Program will take a lead role in implementing monitoring programs for key species, developing conservation plans, and initiating conservation partnerships at many of the IBAs.

Site Namesort ascending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Zumwalt Prarie Recognized State Wallowa
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Recognized Global Lincoln D4i, D4iv
Yaquina Bay Recognized State Lincoln D1, D4ii, D4v
William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Benton
Wickiup Reservoir Recognized State Deschutes
Whitehorse County Park Recognized State Josephine
Whetstone Savanna Recognized State Jackson D1, D3, D4i
Whalehead Island NWR Recognized Global Curry D4i, D4iv
Warner Basin Identified State Lake
Wallowa Mountains Recognized State Baker, Union, Wallowa D1, D3, D4i
Upper Twomile Creek on Battle Mountain Identified State Malheur
Upper Klamath Lake NWR Recognized State Klamath D1, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4v, D4vi
Upper 12 Mile Creek Identified State Malheur
Umpqua River Estuary Recognized State Douglas D4ii, D4v
Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Umatilla D4ii, D4iii, D4v
Two Arches Rock NWR Recognized State Tillamook D4i, D4iv
Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Washington D4ii, D4v
Tillamook Bay Recognized State Tillamook
Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge Recognized Global Tillamook D1, D4i, D4iv
Tahkenitch Creek Estuary Recognized State Douglas D1, D4i, D4v

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