Sable Island, Nova Scotia

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
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus LC breeding 1998 600 breeding pairs A4i
Arctic Herring Gull Larus smithsonianus LC breeding 1970 2,000 breeding pairs A4i
Common Tern Sterna hirundo LC breeding 1995 2,570 breeding pairs A4i

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)
Sable Island National Park Reserve Of Canada National Park 3,000 protected area overlaps with site 0
Sable Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary Migratory Bird Sanctuary 3,100 protected area contained by site 7,600


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppe & dry calcareous -
Marine Intertidal -
Marine Neritic -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
urban/industrial/transport -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sable Island, Nova Scotia. Downloaded from on 03/12/2022.