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Location USA, Alaska
Central coordinates 154o 5.08' West  71o 12.72' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4ii
Area 1,186,047 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2012

Audubon



Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
King Eider Somateria spectabilis breeding  1974-2009  103,897 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis breeding  1974-2009  230,738 individuals  A4i  Vulnerable 
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata breeding  1974-2009  459 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius breeding  1974-2009  47,435 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus breeding  1974-2009  39,253 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Sabine's Gull Xema sabini breeding  1974-2009  10,410 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla breeding  1974-2009  143,905 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea breeding  1974-2009  50,822 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Pomarine Jaeger Stercorarius pomarinus breeding  1974-2009  1,382 individuals  A4ii  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2014 very high not assessed low
unset
Unknown

Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Energy production and mining oil and gas drilling likely in short term (within 4 years) whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution industrial and military effluents likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Transportation and service corridors shipping lanes likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  low 

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Barrow Canyon & Smith Bay. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/11/2014

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