Nunaluk Spit to Herschel Island

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
Snow Goose Anser caerulescens LC passage 1972 79,457 individuals A4i
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus LC passage 1986 54,020 individuals A4i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage 1972-1986 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).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Qikiqtaruk (Herschel Island) Natural Environment Park 11,287 protected area contained by site 12,000
Ivvavik National Park Of Canada National Park 975,000 protected area overlaps with site 32,000
Herschel Island - Qikiqtaruk Territorial Park 11,600 protected area contained by site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Tundra -
Marine Intertidal -
Marine Neritic -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Nunaluk Spit to Herschel Island. Downloaded from on 28/02/2024.