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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 Statussort descending Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Vaux's Swift Chimney Corridor Identified Global King, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish
Lake Creek Identified State Lincoln
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
Humptulips Estuary Recognized State D4ii, D4v
Leadbetter Point Recognized State D4iv, D4v
Sand and Gunpowder Islands Recognized Global
South Willapa Bay (Shoalwater Bay) Recognized State D4ii, D4v
North Willapa Bay (Willapa River Estuary) Recognized State D4i, D4ii, D4v
Crescent Harbor Marshes Recognized State D4ii
Crockett Lake Recognized State D4iii, D4v
Deer Lagoon Recognized State D4ii, D4v
Drayton Harbor/ Semiahmoo Recognized State D4ii, D4v
Dungeness Bay Recognized State D4ii, D4v
Eld Inlet/ Mud Bay Recognized State D4ii
The Great Bend Recognized State D4ii, D4iv


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