Moose River Estuary

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2008

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Snow Goose Anser caerulescens LC passage 1975 179,000 individuals A4i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage 1975 100,000-499,999 individuals A4iii

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Southern James Bay (Moose River & Hannah Bay) Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 25,290 protected area contains site 6,600
Moose River Migratory Bird Sanctuary Migratory Bird Sanctuary 2,678 protected area overlaps with site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Rivers, Estuarine waters, Salt/brackish marshes, Intertidal mud, sand or salt flats -
Sea Open sea -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Moose River Estuary. Downloaded from on 30/09/2022.