|Location||Canada, British Columbia|
|Central coordinates||127o 41.46' West 50o 57.65' North|
|IBA criteria||A4ii, A4iii|
|Altitude||0 - 85m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2008|
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.
|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 area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Duke of Edinburgh||Ecological Reserve||594||protected area contained by site||594|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Temperate coniferous forest||-|
|Coastline||Sea cliffs and rocky shores||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
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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 19/09/2014
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