|Central coordinates||70o 51.64' West 46o 53.21' North|
|Altitude||0 - 6m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2008|
Site description Anse de Saint-Vallier is a small bay on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River by the village of St. Vallier, Québec. It consists primarily of a mudflat and a Scirpus marsh; the area’s boundaries are delineated by the high and low tide levels. The Boyer River, which flows into the bay, is a spawning site for three species of fish at risk.
Key Biodiversity Anse de Saint-Vallier is noteworthy for its flocks of migrating waterfowl. The most prominent of these is the Greater Snow Goose (subspecies atlanticus), which can be present in globally significant numbers in the spring. In 1995, a flock of 50,000 were spotted, accounting for over 1% of the global population of this subspecies.
Numerous other waterfowl species, including Canada Goose, are common at the site, especially in fall when hunting pressures elsewhere bring them here for shelter. At this time, surveys have recorded both species of scaup, with maximum counts of 2,510 for Greater (1975) and 4,000 for Lesser (1988).
This site also hosts flocks of migrant shorebirds in spring and fall. The most common species are Killdeer, Black-bellied Plover, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater and Lesser yellowlegs, and White-rumped, Least and Semipalmated sandpiper. The highest numbers are found in early August. For instance, in August 1989, a peak of 4,000 Semipalmated Sandpiper were recorded.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||non-breeding||-||20,000-49,999 individuals||unknown||A4iii|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Anse de Saint-Vallier||Faunal Habitat||321||protected area contained by site||330|
|Anse Mercier||Faunal Habitat||135||protected area contained by site||140|
|Pointe Samson||Faunal Habitat||96||protected area overlaps with site||93|
|Saint - Vallier (est)||Faunal Habitat||160||protected area contained by site||160|
|Saint-Vallier||Migratory Bird Sanctuary||405||protected area contained by site||400|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Intertidal mud, sand or salt flats; Salt/brackish marshes||-|
|Coastline||Rocky flats & barrens||-|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||major|
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Saint-Vallier. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/12/2014
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