A supplement to http://www.audubon.org/bird/iba/index.html
Friday, April 11, 2008
26 April Whitefish Point IBA Recognition Ceremony
On Saturday April 26, 2008, Whitefish Point will be recognized as an Important Bird Area for its significant concentrations of migrant waterbirds.This event will take place at the annual Spring Fling banquet at at the ParadiseCommunity Center.Tickets, which cost $35/adult and $15/child, are required and limited in number, so please sign up soon.Visit wpbo.org for the sign up form.Several dignitaries have been invited, and there will be a short ceremony highlighting the IBA and its birds, followed by a ribbon-cutting and photo op.
Huge numbers of Red-necked Grebes fly by the point into WhitefishBay each fall, using the open waters of Lake Superior as a migration corridor during this part of their journey.This represents as much as 25-45% of the estimated North American population, a huge concentration by any measure.Other significant species include Common Tern, loons, waterfowl of many species, and Bonaparte’s Gulls.Whitefish Point is not currently recognized as an IBA for its migrant songbirds and raptors, because these criteria have not yet been finalized.Whether the point meets thresholds for any of these species will be announced at a later date.