Protecting the places birds need most
Burrowing Owl Photo: Fi Rust/Audubon Photography Awards
From the open waters of the Pacific Ocean to the arid shrub-steppe east of the Cascades, Washington boasts incredible landscape diversity and a multitude of habitats for birds. Not surprisingly, the bird life of Washington is equally diverse, with over 500 species represented.
Audubon Washington has used the best available science to identify sites across our state that provide essential habitat for breeding, wintering and migrating birds. This effort is known as the Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program and is part of a global effort spanning more than 100 countries on every continent. The program’s goal is to identify sites that are critical to birds across their life cycle and to focus stewardship efforts on protecting these areas. Audubon Washington launched its IBA program in 1998 and has since identified a total of 75 IBAs. Today, these places are protected through hands-on stewardship and advocacy by our statewide chapter network.