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Location Canada, Alberta
Central coordinates 110o 21.69' West  50o 10.00' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 1,000 ha
Altitude 0
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada



Site description Chappice Lake is situated about 20 km northeast of Medicine Hat, Alberta. It is a permanent saline lake, 2.1 km2 in size with a shoreline of 7.2 km, surrounded by native mixed grassland. The shorelines are often soft and muddy, and there are extensive alkali deposits. There are saline springs and seepages in excellent condition. Scratch grass (Muhlenbergia asperifolia), a rare plant in Alberta, occurs at Chappice Lake. This is one of only a few (approximately 6-20) occurrences in the province. The grassland areas also support good populations of Richardsons Ground Squirrels. The site includes the lake and a one kilometre buffer of grasslands.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Sanderling Calidris alba passage  1988  4,500 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii passage  1988  3,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppe & dry calcareous grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Saline/alkaline lakes  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
other minor
rangeland/pastureland major

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Chappice Lake. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/04/2014

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