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Location Antarctica
Central coordinates 65o 41.88' West  66o 8.71' South
IBA criteria A4i
Area 28 ha
Altitude 0 - 750m
Year of IBA assessment 2015

Site description Cape Evensen is located below Miller Heights on the Graham Coast of the central Antarctic Peninsula, in the region of Crystal Sound. The IBA consists of ice-free ground ~1 km to the east of Cape Evensen. The IBA is 26 km southeast of Ant006: Dodman Island North, and 38 km southeast of Ant007: Armstrong Reef.

Steep slopes rise from the northern coastline to heights of up 750 m at the southern extent of this IBA. Detailed information on the vegetation, soils or geology of the site is not available. The nearest permanent scientific station is Vernadsky (Ukraine), which is located 125 km northeast of Cape Evensen and operated year-round.

Key Biodiversity The IBA is triggered by the presence of a colony of 180 pairs of Imperial Shag (Phalacrocorax atriceps), recorded as breeding on the north-facing slopes 1 km east of Cape Evensen alongside colonies of Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus) and Skua (Catharacta) (Poncet & Poncet, unpublished data).

Non-bird biodiversity: None known

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Imperial Shag Phalacrocorax atriceps breeding  1990  180 breeding pairs  poor  A4i  Least Concern 

Protection status None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Cape Evensen. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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