Year of compilation: 2001
Double-crested Cormorants also occur in large numbers at this site. In 1991, 2,414 cormorant nests, or about 1.6% of the Interior cormorant population, were observed at this site. Hundreds of American White Pelicans nest here too, although a recent estimate is not available. In 1969, 670 nests were counted and if increases in the overall population of pelicans also occurred here, then the population on these islands may equal about 1% of the Canadian population of the species.
Small numbers of Great Blue Herons and Black- crowned Night-Herons breed on islands within the lake. Twenty Great Blue Heron nests were recorded on an unnamed island in 1979, and another 20 nests were recorded on Big Fisher Island in 1991. Moderate numbers of ducks and geese breed and migrate amongst the Lake St. Martin Islands, and small numbers of Forsters Terns have nested in the past in the marshes bordering Lake St. Martin. Bald Eagles have been recorded as both a breeding and a staging species - it is thought that they are attracted to the fish that spawn at the mouth of the Dauphin River.
Nearby aboriginal communities use the area for hunting, fishing, and trapping, but this site is not well known by ornithologists and more bird surveys are needed.
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lake St. Martin Islands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 07/05/2021.