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Location USA, California
Central coordinates 115o 48.66' West  33o 11.96' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 95,447 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2009

Audubon



Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Oxyura jamaicensis non-breeding  2003  75,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Not Recognised 
Himantopus mexicanus resident  2003  35,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Not Recognised 
American Avocet Recurvirostra americana passage  2003  50,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
Charadrius alexandrinus breeding  2003  200 breeding pairs  unknown  A4i  Not Recognised 
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus passage  2003  5,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus passage  2003  60,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa passage  2003  10,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri passage  2003  75,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis non-breeding  2003  500,000 individuals  unknown  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds non-breeding  100,000-499,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2014 very high not assessed medium
unset
Unknown

Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Climate change and severe weather drought happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - unspecified species happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - type unknown/unrecorded happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  medium 

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Salton Sea. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/12/2014

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