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Location Canada, Québec
Central coordinates 79o 23.27' West  54o 11.07' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4ii, A4iii
Area 330,000 ha
Altitude 0 - 25m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada

Site description A site summary has not yet been finalized for this site, which covers a stretch of James Bay coastline from the northeastern corner at Pointe Louis-XIV southward to the Riviere du Vieux Comptoir (south of Wemindji). This coastline is extremely important for migrant waterfowl and shorebirds. The data shown in the table currently shows data for part of the site only.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Brent Goose Branta bernicla passage  1970  25,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Melanitta nigra non-breeding  1970  16,700 individuals  A4i  Not Recognised 
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus passage  1970  2,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle unknown  1970  10,000 individuals  A4ii  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1970  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Boreal coniferous forest  2%
Grassland Steppe & dry calcareous grassland  10%
Wetlands (inland) Estuarine waters; Intertidal mud, sand or salt flats; Salt/brackish marshes  19%
Sea Open sea  60%
Coastline Scree and boulders; Sea cliffs and rocky shores  8%
Other   1%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture major
hunting major

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Northeast James Bay Coast. Downloaded from on 20/10/2016

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