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Location Canada, Québec
Central coordinates 68o 31.29' West  48o 29.35' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 780 ha
Altitude 0 - 3m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada

Site description Marais de Pointe-au-Père (Pointe-au-Père marsh) is located on the south shore of the upper St. Lawrence estuary, within the urban area of Pointe-au Père, 5 km east of Rimouski. The site includes Pointe-au-Père National Wildlife Area and the coastal areas surrounding the National Wildlife Area. From the open water to the land, the area is a mosaic of wetlands, consisting of spartina marsh, with small patches of sedge, and grassy areas, followed by a shrub cover that extends beyond the extreme high tide mark. A large part of this zone is regularly flooded at high tide. The St. Anne River crosses the site from east to west and most of the surrounding land is urban. An abandoned federally-owned wharf, which will be soon partly demolished and converted into an urban park, is also included in the site.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola unknown  1985  2,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  1994  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Pointe-au-Père National Wildlife Reserve 33 protected area contained by site 33  
Rimouski, Sainte-Flavie Faunal Habitat 263 protected area contained by site 270  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub  -
Wetlands (inland) Estuarine waters; Intertidal mud, sand or salt flats; Salt/brackish marshes  -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -
Artificial - terrestrial Urban and industrial areas  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research major
hunting minor
tourism/recreation major

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Marais de Pointe-au-Père. Downloaded from on 21/08/2014

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