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Location Canada, Manitoba
Central coordinates 99o 30.02' West  52o 51.06' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 14,000 ha
Altitude 259 - 264m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada

Site description Kaweenakumik Lake is located southwest of the town of Grand Rapids, in central Manitoba. A short distance to the west is Lake Winnipegosis and to the north is Cedar Lake, which is the storage basin for the Grand Rapids dam. This site is a freshwater lake with several islands of varying shapes located in its southern half. Some of the islands are small, rugged and rocky and largely devoid of any trees or shrubs, while others are large islands with little relief and substantial tree and shrub cover. The islands are important calving sites for Caribou.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos breeding  1995  2,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis breeding  1985  20,000 breeding pairs  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  1985  20,000-49,999 breeding pairs  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Kaweenakumak Islands Ecological Reserve 22 protected area contained by site 68  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Temperate coniferous forest; Temperate deciduous woods; Temperate mixed woods  -
Grassland Edaphic grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes and pools; Rivers  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research major
forestry minor
hunting minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kaweenakumik Lake. Downloaded from on 31/08/2014

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