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Location Canada, Manitoba
Central coordinates 97o 21.62' West  52o 7.27' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 200 ha
Altitude 217 - 220m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada



Site description Gull and Sandhill Island are located southwest of Commissioner Island and east of McBeth Point, near the southern end of Lake Winnipeg's northern basin. These islands are sandy and have low elevations; Gull Island rises no more than 3 m above the high water line, and Sandhill Island rises even less. Both islands are vegetated with patches of trees, shrubs, and broad expanses of grasses and other herbaceous plants.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos breeding  1998  3,150 breeding pairs  A4i  Least Concern 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1997  4,400 breeding pairs  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  1997  2,500-9,999 breeding pairs  unknown  A4iii   

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Temperate deciduous woods  -
Shrubland Scrub  -
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes and pools  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gull and Sandhill Island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/08/2014

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