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Location Canada, Québec
Central coordinates 63o 5.40' West  50o 15.07' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 55 ha
Altitude 0 - 20m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada

Site description Petite Île Ste-Geneviève is located within the Mingan Archipelago, about 2.5 km off the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Québec. It is part of Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, which has an information and interpretation centre located in the town of Havre-Saint-Pierre. Petite Île Ste-Geneviève is composed of limestone and has a rocky shore with a few rocky cliffs. There are a few small forests, and the remainder of the vegetation is mostly grasses, shrubs, and other forbs. Mean annual temperature is 1.5°C and the average tidal range is 1.5 metres.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Eider Somateria mollissima winter  1997  60,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1997  50,000-99,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve 15,070 protected area overlaps with site 19  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Boreal coniferous forest  -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Petite Île Sainte-Geneviève. Downloaded from on 20/10/2014

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