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Come Fly with Me: A Journey with Seabirds
Like everything else in our state, Alaska goes big when it comes to birds: there are 174 globally-significant Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Alaska, more than any other state. What is an IBA? Simply, they are places or habitats essential for nesting, migrating, or wintering bird populations. Global status means an IBA affects a significant portion of the world population of a species.
Seabirds, such as the Tufted Puffin, are some of the world’s most fascinating wildlife species. In an effort to raise awareness about the plight of these birds and the habitats they depend on, Audubon created an interactive map that allows you to explore some of the most important places for these birds (http://gis.audubon.org/pacificflyway_ibas/). From the icy Beaufort Sea along Alaska’s north coast to the tropical seas of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula this interactive map specifically identifies designated globally significant marine Important Bird Areas.
Easy to use and packed with photos and fun facts about seabirds, the map allows people to browse the newest marine IBAs to learn more about where seabirds nest and feed. For those that want a more in-depth view, or that need information about certain species or places, the map has deeper layers with species profiles for the key bird species, the habitat descriptions, as well as details about the conservation issues seabirds face. Some threats to seabirds include ocean pollution, human overfishing of critical food fish, and human-caused disturbance to breeding and roosting sites.
There are Important Bird Areas all over the state, some remote and some in our urban areas. They include popular bird-watching areas such as Creamer’s Field in Fairbanks, Mendenhall Wetlands in Juneau, the Homer Spit, the Copper River Delta near Cordova, the Jim Creek Basin in the Mat-Su Valley, and the Anchorage Coastal Refuge (including Potter Marsh and Anchorage Coastal Trail).
See a map of Alaska's Important Bird Areas here: http://goo.gl/5Ms1VO
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