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Location Canada, Québec
Central coordinates 75o 5.56' West  45o 35.63' North
IBA criteria A4iii
Area 350 ha
Altitude 40 - 80m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada

Site description The Plaisance Wildlife Reserve is located on the Ottawa River between the towns of Thurso and Papineauville, Québec. The wildlife reserve is composed of a mix of habitats - islands, deciduous forest, fields, bays, marshes and river. Approximately 60% of the reserve consists of aquatic habitats such as open water, emergent vegetation, submerged grassy areas and other wetlands. The remainder of the area is flooded mature deciduous forests and grassy fields. Many tree species typical of southern Québec are found on site, including White Walnut, Rock Elm, Ironwood, Bitternut Hickory, and Blue-Beech.

Populations of IBA trigger species

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 areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Grande Presqu'île (section au sud), La Faunal Habitat 105 protected area overlaps with site 9  
Marais aux Rubaniers (Plaisance) Faunal Habitat 51 protected area contained by site 53  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Temperate deciduous woods  -
Grassland Steppe & dry calcareous grassland  -
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater marshes/swamps; Rivers  -
Coastline Cliffs, rocky shores, islets, freshwater  -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Réserve faunique de Plaisance. Downloaded from on 22/10/2014

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