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Location Canada, Québec
Central coordinates 69o 33.44' West  48o 4.09' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 230 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada

Site description Île Rouge is located almost in the middle of the St. Lawrence lower estuary, near the mouth of the Saguenay River. It is most easily accessible by boat from Baie-Sainte-Catherine village, which lies 13 kilometres to the northwest on the north shore. The study area includes both terrestrial and shoreline habitats, down to the tides’ lowest limits. The shoreline consists of rounded pebbles, scarce vegetation and a sand bar that is exposed off its eastern tip at low tide. A lighthouse and cottage are also located on the island.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola passage  1981  10,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima winter  1999  300 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Saguenay - Saint Lawrence National Marine Conservation Area 113,800 protected area contains site 230  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Sand dunes and beaches  -
Coastline Rocky flats & barrens  -
Other   -

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Île Rouge. Downloaded from on 16/09/2014

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