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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
Walla Walla River Delta Recognized State D4ii, D4iv, D4v
Yakima Canyon Recognized State D3, D4vi
Yakima River Delta Recognized State D4ii, D4iv, D4v
Conboy Lake Recognized State Kittitas
Banks Lake Complex Recognized State Grant
Rock Creek Recognized State Klickitat
Sprague Lake Recognized State Adams, Lincoln
Umatilla Recognized State Benton
Wanapum Recognized State Grant, Kittitas
Deception Pass Recognized State Island, Skagit
Fort Lewis Recognized State Thurston
Sequim Bay Recognized State Jefferson
Baker Bay Recognized State Pacific
Nisqually Reach Recognized State Pierce, Thurston D1, D3, D4iv, D4vi
Lake Creek Identified State Lincoln

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