The site was identified as important in 2012 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|
|Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis||VU||breeding||1974-2009||289,260 individuals||A4i|
|King Eider Somateria spectabilis||LC||breeding||1974-2009||5,385 individuals||A4i|
|Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata||LC||breeding||1974-2009||832 individuals||A4i|
|Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus||LC||breeding||1974-2009||36,728 individuals||A4i|
|Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea||LC||breeding||1974-2009||10,325 individuals||A4i|
The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2012).
|Protected area (PA)||PA designation||PA area (ha)||Relationship of PA with IBA||Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)|
|Arctic||National Wildlife Refuge||7,993,310||protected area overlaps with site||0|
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Beaufort Sea Nearshore. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/beaufort-sea-nearshore-iba-usa on 24/09/2023.