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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 Name Status Prioritysort descending Counties IBA Criteria
Sand and Gunpowder Islands Recognized Global
Point No Point Recognized Global D4iv
Protection Island Recognized Global D4i, D4iv
Yakima Training Center Recognized Global D3, D4i, D5
Leahy Junction - Moses Coulee Recognized Global Douglas, Grant
Samish/Padilla Bays Recognized Global Skagit
Olympic Continental Shelf Recognized Global Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson
Port Angeles Harbor/Ediz Hook Recognized Global Clallam
North Olympic Marbled Murrelet Recognized Global Clallam
La Perouse Bank Recognized Global
Olympic Coast Marbled Murrelet Recognized Global
Port Angeles Marbled Murrelet Recognized Global
Skagit Bay Recognized Global Island, Skagit, Snohomish
Vaux's Swift Chimney Corridor Identified Global King, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish
Bottle Beach Recognized State D4v
Bowerman Basin Recognized State D4i, D4v
Cape Disappointment Recognized State D4i, D4iv, D4v
Center Islands Recognized State D4iv, D4v
Damon Point/ Oyhut Recognized State D4iv, D4v
Elk River Estuary Recognized State D4ii, D4v


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