|Central coordinates||102o 46.83' West 54o 21.66' North|
|Altitude||292 - 297m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2008|
Site description Suggi Lake is a large boreal forest lake in east central Saskatchewan, 50 km northwest of the town of Cumberland House. A river connects nearby Windy Lake to Suggi Lake. Windy Lake subsequently drains into the Saskatchewan River at the Cumberland Delta. Two long, narrow islands lie in the middle of Suggi Lake, of which the western-most supports many colonial-nesting birds including pelicans and cormorants. (In the language of the aboriginal residents, the Cree, the name Suggi means pelican.) Except for the southwest shore where sandy loam soils predominate, most of the lake is surrounded by bogs.
Key Biodiversity Six surveys between 1976 and 1991 yielded an average of 4,039 American White Pelicans on the western island. This average represents about 2.4% of the estimated global and almost 3.7% of the estimated national population. In addition to large numbers of pelicans, the 1976 to 1991 surveys recorded large numbers of nesting Double-crested Cormorants. An average of 3,618 birds was recorded, which represents about 1.4% of the estimated interior North American population.
Other water birds that have nested at this site include Great Blue Herons, California Gulls, Ring-billed Gulls, Herring Gulls, and Common Terns. No recent survey information is available for these species.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos||breeding||1983||4,039 nests||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Temperate mixed woods||3%|
|Wetlands (inland)||Cliffs, rocky shores & islets (freshwater); Freshwater lakes & pools||99%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Suggi Lake. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 09/10/2015
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