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Location Canada, British Columbia
Central coordinates 130o 36.67' West  54o 17.45' North
IBA criteria A4ii, A4iii
Area 24 ha
Altitude 0 - 59m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada

Site description Lucy Islands lie in the middle of Chatham Sound, approximately 21 km west of the town of Prince Rupert. They are protected from the open waters of Dixon Entrance and Hecate Strait by the Dundas and Stephens Island groups. In general, Lucy Islands is an archipelago of small, low-lying, and heavily forested islands. Sandy beaches and tidal mud flats connect many of the islands, and a few isolated islets are present. The forests are composed primarily of Sitka Spruce, with Western Hemlock being more prevalent in the interior of the larger islands. The burrow-nesting Rhinoceros Auklets eliminate much of the ground cover within their colonies, but interior areas of the islands remain mossy with scattered shrubs that are dense in some areas.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Rhinoceros Auklet Cerorhinca monocerata breeding  1983  23,300 breeding pairs  A4ii  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  1983  20,000-49,999 breeding pairs  unknown  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Boreal coniferous forest  -
Sea Open sea  -
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: Lucy Islands. Downloaded from on 24/10/2014

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