Frank Lake (south)

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
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus LC passage 1995 2,500 individuals A4i
Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis LC passage 1977 2,200 individuals A4i
Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan LC breeding 1971 10,000 individuals A4i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a non-breeding 1977 50,000-99,999 individuals A4iii

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


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Temperate deciduous -
Shrubland Scrub -
Grassland Steppe & dry calcareous -
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes & pools, Freshwater marshes & swamps -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land, Improved pasture land -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
rangeland/pastureland -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Frank Lake (south). Downloaded from on 08/12/2023.