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Location Canada, Saskatchewan
Central coordinates 102o 46.83' West  54o 21.66' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 19,000 ha
Altitude 292 - 297m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada

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.

Populations of IBA trigger 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

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Suggi Lake. Downloaded from on 28/10/2016

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