Nunaluk Spit to Herschel Island

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2008

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
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

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap 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


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Tundra -
Wetlands (inland) Intertidal mud, sand or salt flats, Sand dunes and beaches -
Sea Open sea -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Nunaluk Spit to Herschel Island. Downloaded from on 08/08/2022.