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Location Canada, British Columbia
Central coordinates 127o 41.46' West  50o 57.65' North
IBA criteria A4ii, A4iii
Area 9,900 ha
Altitude 0 - 85m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada



Site description The Duke of Edinburgh Ecological Reserve is located at the western end of Queen Charlotte Strait, midway between the coast of British Columbia and the northern tip of Vancouver island. It is comprised of six islands grouped into three clusters: Storm Islands, Reid Islets, and Naid Islets are the most northerly and outermost islands; the Buckle Group lie farthest to the southeast; and Pine Island and Tree Islets are located in between.

The larger islands have a forest cover of western hemlock, western red cedar and sitka spruce with an interior ground cover of salal, salmonberry, elderberry and in some areas, moss, grasses and forbs. The perimeter of some of the large islands and some of the smaller vegetated islets, are covered with dense growths of salmonberry and other shrubs. Other islets are mostly bare rock with small areas of lush grass and forbs.

The shorelines of most of the islands are comprised of steep rock dissected by gorges and crevices. Areas with shelving rock and boulders are used by Harbour seals as haul-out sites.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Leach's Storm-petrel Hydrobates leucorhous breeding  1985  276,600 breeding pairs  A4ii  Least Concern 
Fork-tailed Storm-petrel Hydrobates furcatus breeding  1985  60,000 breeding pairs  A4ii  Least Concern 
Rhinoceros Auklet Cerorhinca monocerata breeding  1985  161,600 breeding pairs  A4ii  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  1985  100,000-499,999 breeding pairs  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Duke of Edinburgh Ecological Reserve 594 protected area contained by site 594  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Temperate coniferous forest  -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Duke of Edinburgh Ecological Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/07/2014

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