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Location Canada, Nunavut
Central coordinates 100o 30.04' West  67o 0.07' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 6,200,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 224m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada



Site description The Queen Maud Gulf Lowlands cover an area of over 60,000 km2 in the central Canadian Arctic. They are located approximately 75 km south of the community of Cambridge Bay and are bounded to the north by the Queen Maud Gulf. The landscape is comprised of a flat plain of Precambrian bedrock, overlain with glacial till, marine clays and silts, that extends approximately 135 km inland. Much of the area has recently emerged from the sea. In low-lying areas the vegetation consists of wet sedge meadows and marsh tundra, while the upland areas contain lichens, mosses, and vascular plants.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Northern Pintail Anas acuta breeding  1990  29,082 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons breeding  1990  110,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Snow Goose Anser caerulescens breeding  1998  692,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Ross's Goose Anser rossii breeding  1998  491,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Brent Goose Branta bernicla breeding  1990  6,486 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus breeding  1990  15,392 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
King Eider Somateria spectabilis breeding  1990  17,764 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Sandhill Crane Antigone canadensis breeding  1990  13,162 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds breeding  1998  1,000,000-2,499,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Queen Maud Gulf Migratory Bird Sanctuary 6,176,500 protected area overlaps with site 6,100,000  
Queen Maud Gulf Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 6,278,200 protected area overlaps with site 5,400,000  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Tundra  -

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Queen Maud Gulf. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/09/2014

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