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Location Canada, Québec
Central coordinates 60o 8.12' West  50o 10.60' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 5,300 ha
Altitude 0 - 15m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada



Site description Île du Lac is located in the Strait of Belle Isle, in the northeastern part of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It borders the east side of Ouapitagone Straits and lies about 2 km off the north shore of the gulf. The island’s north shore is well indented and allows sand to accumulate in the protected bays, creating shallow banks. Offshore, there are numerous rocks and islets. Inland the island landscape, which is dotted with small ponds, consists of rocky outcrops, shrub and grassland.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo breeding  1990  139 breeding pairs  A4i  Least Concern 

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub  17%
Grassland Steppe & dry calcareous grassland  22%
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater marshes/swamps  5%
Sea Open sea  40%
Coastline Rocky flats & barrens  16%

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Île du Lac. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/07/2014

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