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Location Canada, Alberta
Central coordinates 113o 45.00' West  53o 35.40' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 2,100 ha
Altitude 650 - 655m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada



Site description Big Lake is located on the western edge of the city of St. Albert in central Alberta. The city of Edmonton is situated directly to the east. This freshwater lake is a large body of water that supports extensive stands of emergent vegetation. During low water years mudflats are also present along the north shore. The south shore supports large stands of mature aspen, birch and White Spruce.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus passage  1998  12,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1985  20,000-49,999 individuals  poor  A4iii   

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Temperate coniferous forest; Temperate deciduous woods  -
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes and pools; Freshwater marshes/swamps  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Improved pasture land  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture minor
hunting major
rangeland/pastureland minor
tourism/recreation major
urban/industrial/transport minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Big Lake. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/10/2014

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