Shagamu River and Area

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2008 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Common Scoter Melanitta nigra LC non-breeding 1991 43,700 individuals A4i
Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica LC passage 1993 920 individuals A4i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a resident 1991 20,000-49,999 individuals A4iii

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2008).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Polar Bear Provincial Park Provincial Park 2,355,200 protected area overlaps with site 34,000
Polar Bear Provincial Park Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 2,408,700 protected area overlaps with site 31,000


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub -
Grassland Tundra -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers, Fens, transition mires & springs, Freshwater lakes & pools, Freshwater marshes & swamps -
Marine Intertidal -
Marine Neritic -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
hunting -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Shagamu River and Area. Downloaded from on 23/09/2023.