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Location Canada, Saskatchewan
Central coordinates 107o 6.03' West  50o 23.46' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii
Area 3,700 ha
Altitude 642 - 697m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada



Site description Situated in southwestern Saskatchewan, Reed Lake is a shallow saline lake (14 km by 3-4 km) that lies parallel to the Trans-Canada highway. The towns of Herbert and Morse are located on the north shore of the lake. The water source for the lake is from intermittent creeks and general spring runoff. As a result, the water levels are subject to wide fluctuation from year to year depending on the amount of spring runoff and precipitation. Several small islands are present within the lake. The lake is surrounded by rangeland and cultivated land.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus passage  1995  5,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan non-breeding  1987  30,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds resident  1987  20,000-49,999 individuals  unknown  A4iii   

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppe & dry calcareous grassland  4%
Wetlands (inland) Intertidal mud, sand or salt flats; Saline/alkaline lakes  100%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  1%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture major
nature conservation and research minor
hunting minor
rangeland/pastureland minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Reed Lake. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 15/09/2014

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