The Pacific Americas Flyway spans the eastern Pacific from Alaska to the southern tip of South America. All along the way, estuaries and associated freshwater wetlands are used by millions of migrating birds to breed, rest, refuel and overwinter. Estuaries also provide essential habitat for juvenile fish and marine mammals, and of course people highly value them for hunting, fishing, birding and other recreational activities.
Thousands of large and small estuaries along the northern Pacific Flyway create an ecological network critical to migratory birds–the Yukon-Kuskokwin Delta, the Copper River Delta, Puget Sound, the Columbia River Estuary and Humboldt Bay among them. When these biologically rich estuary habitats are lost or degraded, the impacts are widely felt. Many Pacific Northwest estuaries have been significantly altered by urbanization, industrialization and other human caused changes, putting the health of fish and wildlife species at risk.
Our long-term goal for this priority is ambitious—to conserve and sustain the northern Pacific Flyway’s estuaries. We will also work to generate public support for estuary conservation flyway-wide and advocate for policies that will benefit all fish and wildlife species.
Pacific Birds is working with partners to:
the estuaries that birds need the most.
the most effective strategies for conservation in light of current and future stressors.
stakeholders around common conservation goals and strategies.
BY THE NUMBERS: The Fraser River Delta
The Fraser River Delta, a crossroads for birds from three continents, is a major link in the Pacific Flyway network. It is a priority conservation area for Pacific Birds, due its importance to birds and the threats to the estuary’s habitats.
Recent News about Coastal Wetlands and Estuaries
Audubon Washington shares a new report that presents bird-habitat suitability models for five Puget Sound “narrative” species. The study results can inform habitat management and restoration in a number of ways.
The Wisdom Keepers Project gathers Indigenous Knowledge about migratory birds to keep that knowledge alive and share it with tribal subsistence users in Southcentral Alaska.
The Pacific Estuaries Conservation Program has shared an updated report and ranking of British Columbia’s estuaries, along with an interactive map and shape files. Check it out!