|Central coordinates||79o 43.87' West 51o 22.54' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, A4iii|
|Altitude||0 - 5m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2008|
Site description East Point is located in Ontario on the eastern edge of southeastern James Bay. It is about 70 km east of Moosonee, and within 15 km of the Québec border. The site includes the southeast side of James Bay, and extends north from East Point for about 10 km to Gull Point (near the Québec border), and south for about 15 km to the Missisicabi River. The area south of East Point contains some of the widest coastal marshes within James Bay. Supertidal marshes extend as far as 6 to 7 km inland, while intertidal marshes and mudflats extend another 2 to 3 km offshore. In some areas north of the point, scrubby vegetation extends almost to the shore, but mudflats and shoals are present and in some areas they are as extensive as they are farther south. In many respects, this site forms an extension of the Hannah Bay IBA, which is located immediately to the south.
Key Biodiversity During the fall of 1986, a total of 10,000 Brant (ssp. hrota), were observed at East Point over a 24-day period. This would represent about 8% of the estimated eastern North American population. Other birds occurring in significant numbers include 34,000 Oldsquaw (representing about 1.2% of the estimated North American population), and 18,000 Dunlin, (representing about 8% of the central Canadian breeding population).
In addition to waterbirds, large concentrations of landbirds were also recorded at this site. During the 1986 study, a total of 1,107 Rough-legged Hawks was observed at this site over an 18-day period (about 1.5% of the estimated Canadian population), as were 18,000 to 20,000 Common Redpolls over a 15 day period.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Brent Goose Branta bernicla||passage||1985||10,000 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis||passage||1985||34,000 individuals||-||A4i||Vulnerable|
|Dunlin Calidris alpina||passage||1985||18,000 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||passage||1985||20,000-49,999 individuals||unknown||A4iii|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Hannah Bay||Migratory Bird Sanctuary||29,500||protected area contained by site||6,300|
|Southern James Bay (Moose River and Hannah Bay)||Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar)||25,290||protected area overlaps with site||13,000|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Fens transition mires & springs; Freshwater marshes/swamps; Intertidal mud, sand or salt flats; Salt/brackish marshes||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||major|
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