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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
Olympic Continental Shelf Recognized Global Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson
Penn Cove Recognized State D3, D4i
Point No Point Recognized Global D4iv
Port Angeles Harbor/Ediz Hook Recognized Global Clallam
Port Angeles Marbled Murrelet Recognized Global
Port Susan Bay Recognized State Snohomish D4ii, D4v
Potholes Reservoir Recognized State D4ii, D4iii, D4iv
Protection Island Recognized Global D4i, D4iv
Quartermaster Harbor Recognized State D3, D4i
Quilomene-Colockum Wildlife Area Recognized State D3
Reed Island/ Steigerwald Lake Recognized State D4ii, D4iii
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State D3, D4ii, D4iii
Rock Creek Recognized State Klickitat
Samish/Padilla Bays Recognized Global Skagit
Sand and Gunpowder Islands Recognized Global
Sequim Bay Recognized State Jefferson
Skagit Bay Recognized Global Island, Skagit, Snohomish
South Willapa Bay (Shoalwater Bay) Recognized State D4ii, D4v
Sprague Lake Recognized State Adams, Lincoln
The Great Bend Recognized State D4ii, D4iv


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