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Location Canada, Saskatchewan
Central coordinates 108o 19.24' West  55o 34.26' North
IBA criteria A4i
Area 1,400 ha
Altitude 431 - 434m
Year of IBA assessment 2008

Bird Studies Canada/Nature Canada

Site description Kazan Lake is situated in west-central Saskatchewan, 30 km south of the town of Buffalo Narrows, and 100 km east of the Alberta border. The lake is 16 km long and 10 km wide. The Kazan River connects to Peter Pond Lake, which is a large body of water located about 15 km to the north. The shores of Kazan Lake are predominantly forested with some portions supporting emergent vegetation. Dominant trees are typical of the boreal forest region, with Black Spruce being abundant. A group of islands lie at the shallow northern end of the lake.

Key Biodiversity Kazan Lake supports a large colony of American White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants. Between 1976 and 1991 this colony supported an average of 1,048 American White Pelican nests, and 1,770 Double-crested Cormorant nests (a total of six surveys were completed during this period). This average number of nests represents about 2% of the Canadian population of American White Pelican, and just over 1% of the world's population. Other noteworthy species that breed on the Kazan Lake islands include Great Blue Heron and Osprey. An average of 53 heron nests were observed during two surveys in 1970 and 1976, while a pair of Ospreys has also been recorded at the site. A wide variety of boreal-forest birds also nest on the islands and in the surrounding area.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos breeding  1983  1,048 nests  A4i  Least Concern 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Temperate mixed woods  5%
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes and pools  92%
Other   3%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
hunting major
tourism/recreation minor

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Kazan Lake. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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