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BECHAROF: Refuge Gains Important Bird Area
Alaska Region, November 5, 2007
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Working with Alaska Audubon Director of Bird Conservation, Iain Stenhouse, Alaska Peninsula/Becharof Refuges staff wrote a nomination for the upper Naknek River to be incorporated as an Important Bird Area (IBA.)  In spring, the upper Naknek River provides an important resting and feeding area for thousands of tundra swans and other migratory waterfowl.  Surveys conducted by Refuge staff from 1991 to 2006 substantiated the swan numbers needed as the basis for the nomination.  In November, the Alaska Technical Committee accepted the Upper Naknek River nomination, and this site is now officially identified as an IBA of state significance. The committee recommended that the nomination be forwarded to the National IBA Technical Committee for assessment as a site of global and/or continental significance.

Contact Info: Kristen Gilbert, 907-786-3391, Kristen_Gilbert@fws.gov
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