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Location Canada, Northwest Territories
Central coordinates 113o 39.66' West  61o 15.06' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 42,500 ha
Altitude 150 m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada

Site description This IBA is on the south shore of Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories. This site includes the delta where Slave River meets Great Slave Lake, and the shoreline of the lake east of the delta as far as Taltson Bay. The land is flat, and braided river channels and alluvial deposits are typical features of the Slave River delta. Several shallow bays are situated between the Slave and Taltson rivers. Emergent marsh vegetation, such as horsetails and sedges are common throughout the delta. Willows grow in areas with less frequent flooding, while mixed balsam poplar and spruce woods occur at higher elevations. Moose, Muskrat and Beaver are common at this site.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus passage  1983  4,200 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1979-1983  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Boreal mixed woods  -
Shrubland Scrub  -
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes and pools; Freshwater marshes/swamps; Rivers  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised major

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: South Shore Great Slave Lake (Slave River Delta to Taltson Bay). Downloaded from on 29/08/2014

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