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Location Canada, Québec
Central coordinates 72o 40.93' West  46o 11.54' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 5,000 ha
Altitude 5 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada

Site description The Nicolet/Baie-du-Febvre site spreads out along the St. Lawrence River south shore, near the city of Nicolet, Québec. The site’s limits are those of the Nicolet Migratory Bird Sanctuary, which stretches from Île Moras in the east, to Longue Pointe in the west. The area is about 2.5 km wide and is mostly flooded in spring. The habitat varies from cultivated fields that, as the lakeshore is approached, are gradually replaced by wetlands and marshes. The three islands within the site are covered with wooded swamps and forest. To the west, there is a sewage lagoon surrounded by a cattail marsh. There are several species of fish at risk that use the area for spawning or feeding, including American Eel and Pickerel.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Snow Goose Anser caerulescens unknown  1997  400,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Melanitta nigra unknown  1985  5,000 individuals  A4i  Not Recognised 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds unknown  1997  100,000-499,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Baie-du-Febvre (La Longue Pointe) Site Protected by Wildlife Foundation - Quebec 57 protected area contained by site 58  
Nicolet Migratory Bird Refuge 3,135 protected area contained by site 3,200  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Temperate mixed woods  -
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater marshes/swamps; Rivers  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  -
Unknown   -

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Nicolet et Baie-du-Fèbvre. Downloaded from on 24/07/2014

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