Whitewater Lake

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 1982 200,000 individuals A4i
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage 1995-1999 100,000-499,999 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

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Whitewater Lake Wildlife Management Area Wildlife Management Area 2,849 protected area contained by site 8,200
Whitemud Watershed Wildlife Management Area Wildlife Management Area 5,656 protected area overlaps with site 64


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Edaphic grassland -
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes and pools, Saline/alkaline lakes -
Artificial/Terrestrial Urban and industrial areas -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
hunting -
rangeland/pastureland -
tourism/recreation -
water management -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Whitewater Lake. Downloaded from on 21/04/2021.