Cabri Area

Country/territory: Canada

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 70 ha

Birds Canada / Nature Canada

Site description
This area lies south of the South Saskatchewan River in the vicinity of the town of Cabri. Much of this area remains in its original condition because the sandy soils limit agriculture, so there is plentiful habitat for grassland birds. There is a prominent ridged morainal area northwest of Cabri.

Key biodiversity
The mixture of prairie, agricultural lands and saline lakes at Cabri attracts a range of grassland and waterbird species. A good concentration of Burrowing Owl (nationally endangered) nests has been recorded here. About 1% of the estimated Canadian population of this species has been recorded at this site. Twelve nests have been observed, but not all are active each year. Two nests of Ferruginous Hawks (nationally vulnerable) have also been recorded at this site. During fall migration in the wetland areas of this site, over 2,000 Ross' Geese and 5,000 Mallards have been recorded. The close proximity of this site to the huge waterfowl staging grounds at Miry and Galloway Bay to the northeast makes the fields in this area very attractive for foraging waterfowl.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cabri Area. Downloaded from on 09/02/2023.