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Location Canada, New Brunswick
Central coordinates 64o 55.77' West  47o 21.06' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 4,400 ha
Altitude 0 - 8m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada

Site description The Tabusintac lagoon and River Estuary is located on the Acadian Peninsula (NE New Brunswick) approximately 50 km northeast of Chatham, New Brunswick. The 4,382 ha site contains a variety of habitats including estuarine flats, salt marsh, sand dunes and beaches, saline ponds, inshore islands and shoreline black spruce - jack pine forests. The inner bay is protected from the sea by a 15 km long barrier beach and dune system. Within this protected area extensive eel grass beds are found which contribute to the overall productivity of the system, especially for waterfowl. It is typical of other beaches in the region with the dominant plant species being marram grass, beach pea and sea rocket.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Tern Sterna hirundo breeding  1996  2,500 breeding pairs  A4i  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Temperate coniferous forest  -
Wetlands (inland) Bogs; Freshwater lakes and pools; Freshwater marshes/swamps; Intertidal mud, sand or salt flats; Salt/brackish marshes; Sand dunes and beaches  -
Sea Open sea  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting -
not utilised -
tourism/recreation -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tabusintac Lagoon and River Estuary. Downloaded from on 24/10/2014

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