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Location Canada, Québec
Central coordinates 69o 28.73' West  48o 19.01' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 34,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 3m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada

Site description This site stretches along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, from the village of Grandes Bergeronnes to the mudflats just past Les Escoumins at Pointe du Moulin. The shore is generally rocky except at Baie des Escoumins, where there are extensive mudflats that up to a kilometre wide during very low tides. Several small islands are situated close to Les Escoumins. They include Ilets Boisés, and Petite and Grande Caye à Brisson. The Rochers Bare and Ilot des Bergeronnes are farther to the west. Four ‘at risk’ species of whales frequent these waters.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Brent Goose Branta bernicla unknown  1994  4,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus unknown  1984  2,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides unknown  1984  1,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Anse a la Cave Wildlife Habitat, Waterfowl Gathering Area 649 protected area contained by site 660  
Baie Bon Desir Wildlife Habitat, Waterfowl Gathering Area 896 protected area contained by site 910  
Escoumins, des Salmon River - Quebec 2,239 protected area overlaps with site 290  
Riv.Petits Escoumins-Riv. Petite Ro Wildlife Habitat, Waterfowl Gathering Area 1,525 protected area overlaps with site 320  
Saguenay - Saint Lawrence National Marine Conservation Area 113,800 protected area overlaps with site 1,500  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Intertidal mud, sand or salt flats; Salt/brackish marshes  -
Sea Open sea  -
Coastline Cliffs, rocky shores, islets, freshwater; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Baie des Escoumins et Grandes-Bergeronnes. Downloaded from on 18/09/2014

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