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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
Wanapum Recognized State Grant, Kittitas
Leahy Junction - Moses Coulee Recognized Global Douglas, Grant
Deception Pass Recognized State Island, Skagit
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
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
La Perouse Bank Recognized Global
Olympic Coast Marbled Murrelet Recognized Global
Port Angeles Marbled Murrelet Recognized Global
Skagit Bay Recognized Global Island, Skagit, Snohomish


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