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Washington IBA Contact

Trina Bayard

Washington IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 14 1,075,383
State 61 1,446,485
Total 75 2,521,868

Audubon Washington became one of the early adopters of the IBA Program in the United States, initiating an effort to identify IBAs beginning in the late 1990s. In 2001, Important Bird Areas of Washington (Tim Cullinan) likewise became one of the first state-level books cataloging these critical landscapes. The program has added many landscapes to the IBA portfolio since those early days of the program, including four largely open-water IBAs capturing some of the critical coastal and pelagic bird resources of the state. Recent attention has focused on Eastern Washington, where shrub-steppe and riparian habitats suffer many of the same pressures and threats as in other regions of the Intermountain West. The IBA Program in Washington is housed in Audubon Washington's science program, and as such is integrated into the state's broader education and policy efforts. With cooperation from the state's Department of Natural Resources, protocol for integrating the IBAs into the Natural Heritage Program are also being explored.

Site Namesort descending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Baker Bay Recognized State Pacific
Banks Lake Complex Recognized State Grant
Bottle Beach Recognized State D4v
Bowerman Basin Recognized State D4i, D4v
Calispell Lake Recognized State D4i, D4ii, D4v
Cape Disappointment Recognized State D4i, D4iv, D4v
Cedar River Watershed Recognized State D3, D4i, D4vi
Center Islands Recognized State D4iv, D4v
Chelan Ridge Recognized State D4vi
Columbia Hills Recognized State D3, D4ii, D4vi
Columbia National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Adams, Grant D3, D4i, D4ii
Conboy Lake Recognized State Kittitas
Crescent Harbor Marshes Recognized State D4ii
Crockett Lake Recognized State D4iii, D4v
Damon Point/ Oyhut Recognized State D4iv, D4v
Deception Pass Recognized State Island, Skagit
Deer Lagoon Recognized State D4ii, D4v
Douglas Creek Recognized State Douglas D3, D5
Drayton Harbor/ Semiahmoo Recognized State D4ii, D4v
Dungeness Bay Recognized State D4ii, D4v


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