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Location Canada, Manitoba
Central coordinates 96o 56.42' West  50o 21.06' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 33,000 ha
Altitude 217 - 230m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada



Site description Netley-Libau Marsh is situated at the south end of Lake Winnipeg, where the Red River branches several times and empties into the lake. Wave action on Lake Winnipeg, particularly due to strong wind-assisted tides, has produced a small beach ridge at the lakes south end, which acts as a barrier separating parts of Netley-Libau Marsh from the lake. The Red River is an important force of change in the large network of wetlands found here. Due to its history of frequent flooding, the route of the main channel of the river has changed numerous times. The area is very flat, and consists of many small bodies of water connected by channels and is interlaced with fingers of grassland, trees and shrubs.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan breeding  1999  4,500 breeding pairs  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1995  50,000-99,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Libau Community Pasture 1,495 protected area overlaps with site 540  
Libau Provincial Fauna Reserve 402 protected area overlaps with site 550  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Temperate deciduous woods  -
Shrubland Scrub  -
Grassland Edaphic grassland; Steppe & dry calcareous grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes and pools; Freshwater marshes/swamps; Rivers  -
Artificial - terrestrial Urban and industrial areas  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research minor
fisheries/aquaculture major
hunting minor
tourism/recreation minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Netley-Libau Marsh. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/07/2014

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