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Location Canada, Ontario
Central coordinates 80o 27.86' West  51o 30.13' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 4,200 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada

Site description North Point is a point of land along the southwest coast of James Bay, about 28 km northeast of Moosonee. The site includes shoreline areas about 5 km to the north and south of the point, as well as mudflats and shoals, which extend 2 to 3 km into the bay. Extensive eelgrass beds are also found off the coast. Gravel ridges rise about 2 m above the mudflats and run along the shore for about 800meters. The ridges are covered with long grasses and driftwood, and are surrounded by salt marshes. Extensive cattail and grass/sedge marshes are located behind the ridges. The Moose River Estuary IBA (ON138) lies immediately to the south of this IBA.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Brent Goose Branta bernicla passage  1985  23,500 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica passage  1975  1,500 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1985  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Intertidal mud, sand or salt flats; Salt/brackish marshes  -
Sea Sea inlets  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research major
hunting major

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: North Point. Downloaded from on 20/10/2014

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