Beaufort Sea Nearshore

IBA Justification

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).

IBA Protection

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Beaufort Sea Nearshore. Downloaded from on 24/09/2023.