Little George Island

Country/territory: Canada

IBA Criteria met: A4i (2008)
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Area: 100 ha

Birds Canada / Nature Canada

Site description
Little George Island is located in the northern basin of Lake Winnipeg, about 40 km southwest of the Poplar River First Nation. It is a remote island that is only 12 ha in size. A lagoon is located in its middle, and a sandy point extends to the northwest of the island. This sandy point is utilized as a nesting site by the terns.

Key biodiversity
Little George Island supports a significant colony of nesting Common and Caspian Terns. Over the past 25 years, an estimated 1,000 to 1,800 Common Tern nests, and 500 to 1,120 Caspian Tern nests have been recorded in a single year. For Common Terns, this would represent at least 2.5% of their estimated North American population, and for Caspian Terns this would represent at least 1.5% of their estimated North American population. Numbers of Caspian Terns at this site have fluctuated quite dramatically. As many as 3,800 pairs were recorded in 1992, but it is now thought that many have moved to a new colony on the Long Point sandspit to the northwest. Caspian Terns were listed as nationally vulnerable species from 1978 to April 1999. Recovering populations, however, prompted the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada to remove the species from the list of concern. Other species nesting on the island include Herring Gull (50 nests 1986), Ring-billed Gull (3,000 to 4,000 pairs) and Double-crested Cormorant (60 nests 1986). In addition, Greater Scaup also regularly nest on the island with as many as 12 nests being found in a single day. This is by far the most southerly documented breeding site for Greater Scaup in Manitoba.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Little George Island. Downloaded from on 25/09/2022.