The site was identified as important in 2009 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
|Species||Current IUCN Red List Category||Season||Year(s)||Population estimate at site||IBA criteria met|
|Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus||LC||non-breeding||2002||34,275 individuals||A4i|
The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2009).
|Protected area (PA)||PA designation||PA area (ha)||Relationship of PA with IBA||Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)|
|WRP_Washington, NC (37187)||Environmental System||1,012||protected area overlaps with site||0|
|WRP_Tyrrell, NC (37177)||Environmental System||2,585||protected area overlaps with site||0|
|WRP_Hyde, NC (37095)||Environmental System||5,267||protected area overlaps with site||0|
|WRP_Hyde, NC (37095)||Environmental System||1,994||protected area overlaps with site||0|
|Van Swamp||Game Land||2,231||protected area is adjacent to site||0|
|Pocosin Lakes||National Wildlife Refuge||46,203||protected area overlaps with site||0|
|L||State Recreation Area||6,441||protected area contained by site||0|
|Emily and Richardson Preyer Buckridge||Coastal Reserve||7,380||protected area overlaps with site||0|
|Alligator River Wetlands Megasite Fee||Wetlands||703||protected area contained by site||0|
|Alligator River||National Wildlife Refuge||97,283||protected area overlaps with site||0|
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Pungo - Pocosin Lakes. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/pungo--pocosin-lakes-iba-usa on 23/09/2023.