Meechkyn spit and adjacent plain

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2004 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
Brent Goose Branta bernicla LC breeding 1997 common A3, A4i
Emperor Goose Anser canagicus NT breeding 1997 uncommon A3, A4i
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons LC breeding 2003 present A3, A4i
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis VU breeding 1997 common A3
Common Eider Somateria mollissima NT breeding 1997 common A3
Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis LC breeding 2003 present A3, A4i
Dunlin Calidris alpina LC breeding 1997 frequent A3
Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus LC breeding 1997 frequent A3
Aleutian Tern Onychoprion aleuticus VU breeding 2003 present A4i
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea LC breeding 1997 frequent A3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2004).


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Tundra -
Wetlands (inland) Shingle and stony beaches -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Meechkyn spit and adjacent plain. Downloaded from on 29/11/2023.