Long Island and Long Island Bay

Country/territory: Canada

IBA Criteria met: -
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Area: 8,700 ha

Protection status:

Birds Canada / Nature Canada

Site description
Long Island and Long Island Bay are located in the southeast portion of the southern section of Lake Winnipegosis. The closest major town is Winnipegosis to the west-southwest. Long Island is a very low-lying, grassy island, that is partly rocky and is surrounded by marshes. The island is very close to the east shore and is located within Long Island Bay.

Key biodiversity
Three species of colonial birds nest on the rocky parts of Long Island. In 1991, 2,324 nests of Double-crested Cormorants were recorded on the island. This represents over 1% of the interior population of this species. Herring Gulls (39 nests) and American White Pelican (153 nests) were also censused in the 1991 surveys.

The site has also been noted as significant for molting and migrant diving ducks, in particular Redheads - in October, 1977, over 60,000 were surveyed here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Long Island and Long Island Bay. Downloaded from on 02/12/2020.