the Gulf Coast, over sixty Important Bird Areas have
been identified in the greater impact area of the Deep
Horizon Oil Spill. These sites are significant for supporting
species of conservation concern as well as high concentrations
of particular species or groups in breeding, migration,
The list below represents key bird species which depend
on these Important Bird Areas in the Gulf region. Some
of these have been listed as globally threatened species
Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List
of Threatened Species or have been categorized as species
of concern on the Audubon
WatchList, the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered or Threatened
species list, or the Birds
of Conservation Concern list.