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Location Canada, Manitoba
Central coordinates 96o 54.02' West  51o 0.06' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 1,800 ha
Altitude 218 m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada



Site description The Riverton Sand Islands are located off the western shore of Lake Winnipeg near the community of Riverton (directly west of Hecla Island). They consist of a series of three small islands extending between Riverton Marsh eastward toward Sand Point on Hecla Island. The islands are comprised of sand and gravel that has been partially colonized by grasses and willows. The closest island is located only 50 metres from shore and is connected to the mainland by a sandbar during low water years. Sand Point on Hecla Island is also included within this site.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis breeding  1991  10,000 nests  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  1991  10,000-19,999 nests  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Hecla Provincial Park 86,309 protected area overlaps with site 360  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes and pools  -
Other   -

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Riverton Sandy Bar. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/09/2014

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