Beaverhill Lake

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
Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis LC passage 1993 8,000 individuals A4i
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola LC passage 1995 7,800 individuals A4i
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Calidris subruficollis NT passage 1978 1,500 individuals A1, A4i
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos LC passage 1989 5,500 individuals A4i
Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan LC breeding 1976 10,000 breeding pairs A4i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage - 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)
Beaverhill Natural Area Natural Area 410 protected area contained by site 410
Beaverhill Lake Heritage Rangeland Natural Area Natural Area 17,534 protected area contained by site 0
Beaverhill Lake Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 18,050 protected area overlaps with site 17,000


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Temperate deciduous, Boreal coniferous -
Grassland Steppe & dry calcareous -
Wetlands (inland) Saline & alkaline lakes, Ephemeral, Riverine sand beaches -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
hunting -
tourism/recreation -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Beaverhill Lake. Downloaded from on 03/12/2022.