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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
Eld Inlet/ Mud Bay Recognized State D4ii
Elk River Estuary Recognized State D4ii, D4v
Fitzner-Eberhardt Arid Lands Ecology Reserve Recognized State D3, D4ii, D4v
Fort Lewis Recognized State Thurston
Fort Simcoe Recognized State D3, D4i
Hanford Reach Recognized State D3, D4iv, D5
Humptulips Estuary Recognized State D4ii, D4v
Indian-Marrowstone Island/ Oak Bay Recognized State D4i, D4ii
La Perouse Bank Recognized Global
Lake Creek Identified State Lincoln
Leadbetter Point Recognized State D4iv, D4v
Leahy Junction - Moses Coulee Recognized Global Douglas, Grant
Lower Dungeness Riparian Corridor Recognized State D3
Mima Prairie Recognized State D3
Nisqually Delta Recognized State D4ii
Nisqually Reach Recognized State Pierce, Thurston D1, D3, D4iv, D4vi
North Olympic Marbled Murrelet Recognized Global Clallam
North Potholes Preserve Recognized State D3, D4iii
North Willapa Bay (Willapa River Estuary) Recognized State D4i, D4ii, D4v
Olympic Coast Marbled Murrelet Recognized Global

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