Important Bird Areas

Vancouver Lake Lowlands

Washington

Ornithological Summary

The Vancouver Lake Lowlands are a major wintering area for waterfowl, with as many as 200,000 waterfowl recorded here at one time. In an average year, more than 60,000 geese winter here; the site is particularly important to Dusky Canada Geese. The IBA also supports two Great Blue Heron nesting colonies and two Bald Eagle nests. It is a spring migration staging area for several hundred Sandhill Cranes and a fall migration stop for shorebirds. An island in Vancouver Lake is an important winter roost for gulls.