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Location Canada, Manitoba
Central coordinates 100o 35.28' West  53o 2.25' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 4,700 ha
Altitude 0
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada



Site description The Spruce Island Reefs are located in the northern part of Lake Winnipegosis in Manitoba. Lake Winnipegosis is a large (5,403 km2), shallow (maximum depth ~55 m), freshwater lake with many small islands. Deciduous and coniferous forests border Lake Winnipegosis, with large expanses of freshwater marsh occurring along the lake. The habitats of these islands are unrecorded, but are assumed to be as noted here.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia breeding  1999  3,000 nests  A4i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Swan Pelican Protective Forest 14,583 protected area overlaps with site 2,300  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes and pools; Freshwater marshes/swamps  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown major

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Spruce Island Reef. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/07/2014

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