Washington Gap Analysis Project's Predicted Distribution Map

Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus) (Revised: 3/13/02)

Range maps

= Core Habitat
= Marginal Habitat

Breeding Range Map
The green area shows the predicted habitats for breeding only. The habitats were identified using 1991 satellite imagery, Breeding Bird Atlas (BBA) ,other datasets and experts throughout the state, as part of the Washington Gap Analysis Project. Habitats used during non-breeding months and migratory rest-stops were not mapped.

Other maps:
  • Breeding Bird Atlas
  • NatureMapping observations
    during breeding season
  • NatureMapping observations
    throughout the year

Metadata (Data about data or how the map was made)

This species is a possible rare breeder on the outer coast islands of Clallam and Jefferson Counties.

The only confirmed breeding record for the Ancient Murrelet comes from Carroll Island, in Clallam County, in 1924. Other evidence points to the possibility of limited breeding in Washington on offshore islets of Clallam and Jefferson Counties: 12 adults near LaPush in mid-summer 1978, a fledgling near Alexander Island also in 1978, and a raft of 50 birds were noted off Carroll Island in 1985, which is typical behavior for breeding for this species. Nonbreeders are occasionally seen elsewhere on salt water during the breeding season.

Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Bird Volume by Uchenna Bright
Text edited by Gussie Litwer
Webpage designed by Dave Lester