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Important Bird Areas along the Gulf Coast

Over sixty Important Bird Areas have been identified along the U.S. Gulf Coast stretching from Texas to Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, with some already being affected by the recent Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. These Important Bird Areas are crucial to numerous bird species, including some of conservation concern.

Click below for a listing and more information on the identified Important Bird Areas in the greater Gulf region and their key species.

Above Image: Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico, 19 June 2010. Photo-like image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite from NASA Earth Observatory website.

See Gulf Area IBAs
Rainey Sanctuary, Melanie Driscoll

See Key Species at Gulf IBAs
Wilson's Plover, Rebecca Field


Map below represents the Important Bird Areas in the immediate impact area of the spill.

12 June 2010

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Click below to explore a Google map of these Important Bird Areas and
find out more about regional Audubon initiatives and Gulf Oil Spill Media Resources.


Updated 25 June 2010