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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 ascending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Yakima Training Center Recognized Global D3, D4i, D5
Yakima River Delta Recognized State D4ii, D4iv, D4v
Yakima Canyon Recognized State D3, D4vi
Wenas Basin/ Clemans Mountain Recognized State D3
Wanapum Recognized State Grant, Kittitas
Walla Walla River Delta Recognized State D4ii, D4iv, D4v
Vaux's Swift Chimney Corridor Identified Global King, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish
Vancouver Lake Lowlands Recognized State D4ii, D4iv
Umtanum Creek Valley Recognized State D3, D4ii, D4v
Umatilla Recognized State Benton
Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State D4ii, D4iii, D4iv
Trout Lake Marsh Recognized State D3, D4i
Totten Inlet Recognized State D4ii, D4v
Toppenish Creek/ Yakima River Oxbows Recognized State D4ii, D4iii
Tieton River Corridor Recognized State D4vi
The Great Bend Recognized State D4ii, D4iv
Sprague Lake Recognized State Adams, Lincoln
South Willapa Bay (Shoalwater Bay) Recognized State D4ii, D4v
Skagit Bay Recognized Global Island, Skagit, Snohomish
Sequim Bay Recognized State Jefferson


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