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Location Canada, Alberta
Central coordinates 113o 15.12' West  55o 48.09' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 5,300 ha
Altitude 564 m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada

Site description Pelican Lake is located at the eastern end of the Wabasca Lakes chain, 21 km east of the town of Sandy Lake, in northern Alberta. Pelican Lake is a permanent boreal lake that is surrounded by boggy wetlands. Two islands within the lake host breeding birds. The lake is situated in a relatively remote location.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos breeding  1998  1,000 breeding pairs  A4i  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes and pools; Large lake inlets & coastal features  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pelican Lake (Alberta). Downloaded from on 22/10/2014

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