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Location Canada, Saskatchewan
Central coordinates 107o 5.43' West  51o 4.86' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii
Area 2,000 ha
Altitude 581 m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada



Site description Luck Lake is located in south-central Saskatchewan near the village of Birsay. Until recently, it was a large, shallow, saline lake typical of the southern prairies. As such, it was subject to marked year-to-year fluctuations in water levels. In 1987, a large wetland enhancement project was undertaken. The lake now has three basins (separated by dykes), with the eastern and western basins always having water, and the large central basin often being flooded. In all, the site contains approximately 1,800 ha of freshwater marsh, and about 200 ha of grassland and shrub thickets.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons passage  1992  21,750 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Snow Goose Chen caerulescens passage  1993  40,700 individuals    Least Concern 
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus passage  1994  16,900 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis passage  1992  10,200 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Whooping Crane Grus americana non-breeding  1994  2 individuals  A1  Endangered 
Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica passage  1995  4,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan passage  1993  15,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1991  unknown  A4iii   

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater marshes/swamps  -

Land use

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Luck Lake. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/04/2014

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