Important Areas for Birds in Nunavut

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Qikiqtaaluk Region

A photograph of several Black-legged Kittiwake nesting on a cliff is shown.

This is a map of the Qikiqtaaluk Region outlined with flags showing where each of the important areas for birds are within this region.


(35) Abbajalik and Ijutuk Islands, Baffin Island

This is a photograph of a swimming Dovekie.

Map of Abbajalik and Ijutuk Islands, Baffin Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (35) Abbajalik and Ijutuk Islands, Baffin Island

What is important here?

  • Only known Dovekie breeding colonies in Canada

Why is it important?

  • 100% of the known Canadian population of Dovekie nest here (about 200 pairs)

Special consideration

  • Seismic surveys for oil and gas are being performed off the coast of Baffin Island by private companies

(36) Akpait (Reid Bay), Baffin Island

A photograph of a Thick-billed Murre in flight is shown.

Map of Akpait (Reid Bay), Baffin Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (36) Akpait (Reid Bay), Baffin Island

What is important here?

  • One of the largest Thick-billed Murre colonies in Canada

Why is it important?

  • National Wildlife Area
  • 10% of Canada’s Thick-billed Murre nest here
  • Seabird monitoring site

(37) Akpatok Island

This is a photograph of Thick-billed Murres, two of which are copulating.

Map of Akpatok Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (37) Akpatok Island

What is important here?

  • Huge colony of Thick-billed Murre (520 000 pairs)
  • Surrounding area used by many marine mammals and is a traditional Inuit hunting ground
  • Ringed Seal, Walrus and Polar Bear

Why is it important?

  • 20% of Canada’s Thick-billed Murre nest here
  • Seabird monitoring site

Special consideration

  • Highly sensitive to potential oil spills in the Davis Strait shipping route
  • Increased cruise ship tourism could have environmental impacts

(38) Baillarge Bay, Baffin Island

This photograph depicts a Northern Fulmar in flight.

Map of Baillarge Bay, Baffin Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (38) Baillarge Bay, Baffin Island

What is important here?

  • Major Northern Fulmar colony
  • Gulls and Black Guillemot
  • Narwhal, seals, Beluga Whale and Polar Bear

Why is it important?

  • 30 000 pairs of Northern Fulmar nest here

Special consideration

  • Increased cruise ship tourism could have environmental impacts

(39) Baillie-Hamilton Island

This is a close up photograph of a Black-legged Kittiwake.

Map of Baillie-Hamilton Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (39) Baillie-Hamilton Island

What is important here?

  • Thousands of Black-legged Kittiwakes nest in the area
  • Eiders use nearby polynyas during migration
  • Walrus, seals and Polar Bear

Why is it important?

  • One of Canada’s northernmost Black-legged Kittiwake colonies

(40) Batty Bay, Somerset Island

A photograph of Black-legged Kittiwakes nesting on a cliff is shown.

Map of Batty Bay, Somerset Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (40) Batty Bay, Somerset Island

What is important here?

  • Major Black-legged Kittiwake colony
  • Located along Beluga Whale migration corridor
  • Walrus and Polar Bear

Why is it important?

  • 1% of Canada’s Black-legged Kittiwake nest here

(41) Belcher Islands

This is a photograph of a male Common Eider standing on mud.

Map of Belcher Islands — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (41) Belcher Islands

What is important here?

  • Most of the Hudson Bay population of Common Eider winter here
  • 7% of Hudson Bay Common Eider nest here
  • Walrus and Polar Bear

Why is it important?

  • Islands and polynyas are critical to the survival of Common Eider in eastern Hudson Bay

Special consideration

  • Common Eider in Belcher Islands are very vulnerable to potential oil spills and changes in sea-ice extent

(42) Berlinguet Inlet, Baffin Island

This is a photograph of a Snow Goose standing in water.

Map of Berlinguet Inlet, Baffin Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (42) Berlinguet Inlet, Baffin Island

What is important here?

  • Important breeding site for Snow Goose
  • Cackling Goose nest in the area
  • Seals and Polar Bear

Why is it important?

  • 7% of North America’s Snow Goose nest here
  • Most northeastern breeding records for Cackling Goose
  • Summer retreat area for Polar Bear
  • Designated an Important Bird Area

(43) Browne Island

This is a photograph of a Black-legged Kittiwake standing on a rock.

Map of Browne Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (43) Browne Island

What is important here?

  • Canada’s westernmost colony of Black-legged Kittiwake
  • Seals and Polar Bear

Why is it important?

  • 1% of Canada’s Black-legged Kittiwake nest in this relatively small area

(44) Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island

This is a photograph of a Northern Fulmar in flight.

Map of Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (44) Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island

What is important here?

  • Large Northern Fulmar colony
  • Probably Black Guillemot colonies
  • Migratory stopover site for eiders
  • Narwhal and Ringed Seal
  • Polar Bear maternity denning area

Why is it important?

  • 11% of Canada’s Northern Fulmar breed here
  • Stopover site for many species of seabirds

Special consideration

  • Seismic surveys for oil and gas being performed off the coast of Baffin Island could lead to increased development in the area, with possible impacts on wildlife

(45) Button Islands

This photograph depicts a Northern Fulmar in flight.

Map of Button Islands — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (45) Button Islands

What is important here?

  • Thousands of seabirds throughout spring and summer
  • Northern Fulmar, Black-legged Kittiwake, Common Eider and Thick-billed Murre nest in the area
  • Ivory Gull migratory stopover site
  • Walrus, Beluga Whale and Polar Bear

Why is it important?

  • Major feeding, nesting and migratory stopover site for seabirds

(46) Cape Hay and Cape Graham Moore, Bylot Island

This is a photograph of a pair of Thick-billed Murre copulating.

Map of Cape Hay and Cape Graham Moore, Bylot Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (46) Cape Hay and Cape Graham Moore, Bylot Island

What is important here?

  • Thousands of seabirds and geese nest in the area
  • Traditional Inuit seasonal hunting camp
  • Narwhal, seals, Beluga Whale, Bowhead Whale and Polar Bear

Why is it important?

  • Migratory Bird Sanctuary
  • Sirmilik National Park
  • Designated an Important Bird Area

Special consideration

  • Seismic surveys for oil and gas being performed off the coast of Baffin Island could lead to increased development in the area, with possible impacts on wildlife

(47) Cape Liddon and Radstock Bay, Devon Island

This is a photograph of a Northern Fulmar at rest on the water.

Map of Cape Liddon and Radstock Bay, Devon Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (47) Cape Liddon and Radstock Bay, Devon Island

What is important here?

  • Major Northern Fulmar breeding colony (10 000 pairs)
  • Radstock Bay is an important feeding area for many seabirds
  • Walrus haul-outs, Polar Bear and Beluga Whale migration corridor

Why is it important?

  • Canada’s westernmost colony of Northern Fulmar
  • Inuit traditional hunting area

Special consideration

  • Radstock Bay is sensitive to potential oil spills
  • Increased cruise ship tourism could have environmental impacts

(48) Cheyne Islands

This is a photograph of a Ross's Gull sitting on a nest.

Map of Cheyne Islands — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (48) Cheyne Islands

What is important here?

  • Polynya makes this a very productive area
  • Largest known Ross’s Gull colony
  • Northernmost concentration of King Eider

Why is it important?

  • Ross’s Gull is listed as a Threatened species under Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA)

Special consideration

  • High mineral, oil and gas potential near Cheyne Islands

(49) Creswell Bay, Somerset Island

This is a close up photograph of a White-rumped Sandpiper.

Map of Creswell Bay, Somerset Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (49) Creswell Bay, Somerset Island

What is important here?

  • Good-quality wetlands with high abundance of nesting shorebirds
  • King Eider, Long-tailed Duck, Northern Fulmar, Black-legged Kittiwake and Peregrine Falcon
  • Beluga Whale, Narwhal, Ringed Seal, Polar Bear and Muskox

Why is it important?

  • Highest abundance and diversity of shorebirds north of 70˚N latitude
  • Beluga Whale calving; Polar Bear summer retreat

Special consideration

  • Creswell Bay and coast could be extremely sensitive to potential oil spills

(50) Cumberland Sound

This is a photograph of a standing Iceland Gull.

Map of Cumberland Sound — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (50) Cumberland Sound

What is important here?

  • Major spring stopover site for seabirds migrating to colonies farther north
  • Largest Iceland Gull colony in Canada
  • Major feeding area in late summer for Black-legged Kittiwake and Black Guillemot

Why is it important?

  • More than 1% of the Canadian populations of several seabird species nest here
  • 70% of Canada’s Iceland Gulls nest here

Special consideration

  • Seismic surveys for oil and gas are being performed off the coast of Baffin Island

(51) Digges Sound

This is a photograph of a pair of Thick-billed Murre copulating.

Map of Digges Sound — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (51) Digges Sound

What is important here?

  • Large Thick-billed Murre colony
  • Swimming migration of more than 40 000 Thick-billed Murre chicks in August and September
  • Beluga Whale, seals and Polar Bear

Why is it important?

  • 20% of Canada’s population of Thick-billed Murre nest here
  • Egg harvesting by Ivujivingmiut
  • Seabird monitoring site

Special consideration

  • Increased cruise ship tourism could have environmental impacts

(52) East Axel Heiberg Island

This is a photograph of a Red Knot standing on the tundra.

Map of East Axel Heiberg Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (52) East Axel Heiberg Island

What is important here?

  • Large abundance of nesting shorebirds, particularly Red Knot and Ruddy Turnstone
  • Peary Caribou and Muskox
  • Some of the best wildlife habitat in the High Arctic

Why is it important?

  • Also good habitat for geese and other birds
  • Red Knot and Peary Caribou are both assessed as Endangered species in Canada by COSEWIC

(53) Eastern Devon Island

This is a photograph of an Ivory Gull standing on rocks.

Map of Eastern Devon Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (53) Eastern Devon Island

What is important here?

  • Ivory Gull, Iceland Gull and Glaucous Gull colonies

Why is it important?

  • Ivory Gull is listed as an Endangered species under Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA)

Special consideration

  • Area of proposed oil and gas exploration which could disturb Ivory Gull

(54) Eastern Jones Sound

A swimming Atlantic Puffin is featured in this photograph.

Map of Eastern Jones Sound — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (54) Eastern Jones Sound

What is important here?

  • Over 500 000 breeding marine birds
  • Seabirds forage along ice edges
  • One of few known breeding sites for Atlantic Puffin
  • Seals, Narwhal, Walrus and Polar Bear

Why is it important?

  • Many seabirds nest here
  • Polar Bear maternity denning area

Special consideration

  • Increased cruise ship tourism could have environmental impacts

(55) Eastern Lancaster Sound

A close up of the head of a Thick-billed Murre is shown in this photograph.

Map of Eastern Lancaster Sound — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (55) Eastern Lancaster Sound

What is important here?

  • Six major seabird colonies nearby
  • Food stopover site on migration
  • Narwhal, Beluga Whale, Bowhead Whale and Polar Bear

Why is it important?

  • 57% of Canada’s Northern Fulmar, 35% of Canada’s Blacklegged Kittikwake and 27% of Canada’s Thick-billed Murre populations nest here

Special consideration

  • Potential to become a marine shipping route and area of oil and gas exploration and development

(56) Fosheim Peninsula, Ellesmere Island

A Ruddy Turnstone standing on dried mud is shown in this photograph.

Map of Fosheim Peninsula, Ellesmere Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (56) Fosheim Peninsula, Ellesmere Island

What is important here?

  • Some of the best wildlife habitat in the High Arctic
  • Many nesting shorebirds, particularly Red Knot and Ruddy Turnstone

Why is it important?

  • Good habitat for geese and other birds
  • Red Knot and Peary Caribou are both assessed as Endangered species in Canada by COSEWIC

(57) Foxe Basin Islands

Featured in this photograph is a Red Phalarope standing in a wetland.

Map of Foxe Basin Islands — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (57) Foxe Basin Islands

What is important here?

  • Best area in the Qikiqtaaluk Region for shorebirds, Atlantic Brant and Sabine’s Gull

Why is it important?

  • Goose and shorebird monitoring site
  • Polar Bear maternity denning area

Special consideration

  • Potential for pollution and disturbance if shipping routes are created through the Foxe Basin

(58) Foxe Basin

A Sabine's Gull in flight is featured in this photograph.

Map of Foxe Basin — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (58) Foxe Basin

What is important here?

  • Many Atlantic Brant moult on area islands
  • Largest known concentration of nesting Sabine’s Gull
  • Many Red Phalarope
  • Walrus, seals, Beluga Whale and Narwhal

Why is it important?

  • 11% of Canada’s Atlantic Brant, 18% of Canada’s Sabine’s Gull and 28% of the global population of Red Phalarope nest here

Special consideration

  • Potential for pollution and disturbance if shipping routes are created through the Foxe Basin

(59) Fraser Island

Pictured in this photograph is a male Common Eider in flight.

Map of Fraser Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (59) Fraser Island

What is important here?

  • Large Common Eider colony

Why is it important?

  • 3% of Canada’s Common Eider (borealis subspecies) nest here

(60) Great Plain of the Koukdjuak, Baffin Island

This is a close up photograph of a flock of Snow Geese.

Map of Great Plain of the Koukdjuak, Baffin Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (60) Great Plain of the Koukdjuak, Baffin Island

What is important here?

  • Largest Lesser Snow Goose/ Canada Goose colony in the world
  • Feeding ground for thousands of Atlantic Brant
  • Many shorebirds and Sabine’s Gull nest in the area

Why is it important?

  • Part of the Great Plain of the Koukdjuak is a Migratory Bird Sanctuary
  • Wetland of International Importance (RAMSAR site)
  • Major caribou migration corridor across the Koukdjuak River
  • Goose and shorebird monitoring site

(61) Hantzsch Island

Featured in this photograph is a group of Thick-billed Murres at rest.

Map of Hantzsch Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (61) Hantzsch Island

What is important here?

  • Large colony of Thick-billed Murre and Black-legged Kittiwake
  • 15 species of seabirds

Why is it important?

  • Traditional Inuit Knowledge has identified this area as important for seabirds and sea mammals

Special consideration

  • Seismic surveys for oil and gas are being performed off the coast of Baffin Island

(62) Hell Gate and Cardigan Strait

This photograph shows two Northern Fulmar.

Map of Hell Gate and Cardigan Strait — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (62) Hell Gate and Cardigan Strait

What is important here?

  • Polynya ecosystem
  • Several large Black Guillemot and Northern Fulmar colonies
  • Concentrations of nesting Common Eider
  • Seals, Beluga Whale, Narwhal, Walrus and Polar Bear

Why is it important?

  • Seabird monitoring site
  • Northernmost colony of Northern Fulmar in Canada
  • 8% of Canada’s Black Guillemot nest here

Special consideration

  • Prospecting permits currently cover most of Devon Island close to the polynya

(63) Hobhouse Inlet, Devon Island

This is a photograph of a Northern Fulmar in flight.

Map of Hobhouse Inlet, Devon Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (63) Hobhouse Inlet, Devon Island

What is important here?

  • Large Northern Fulmar colony (25 000 pairs)
  • Hobhouse Inlet is a major feeding area for many seabirds
  • Beluga Whale and Polar Bear

Why is it important?

  • 11% of Canada’s Northern Fulmar nest here

Special consideration

  • Hobhouse Inlet is potentially sensitive to oil spills
  • Increased cruise ship tourism could have environmental impacts

(64) Inglefield Mountains, Ellesmere Island

This photograph shows an Ivory Gull standing.

Map of Inglefield Mountains, Ellesmere Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (64) Inglefield Mountains, Ellesmere Island

What is important here?

  • Highest number of Ivory Gull colonies in Canada because of the nunataks (mountain tops surrounded by glaciers)

Why is it important?

  • Ivory Gull is listed as an Endangered species in Canada under the Species at Risk Act (SARA)

(65) Markham Bay, Baffin Island

This is a photograph of a Common Eider landing on a body of water.

Map of Markham Bay, Baffin Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (65) Markham Bay, Baffin Island

What is important here?

  • Many Common Eider and Iceland Gull (kumlieni subspecies) nest in the area

Why is it important?

  • 7% of Canada’s borealis subspecies of Common Eider nest here

Special consideration

  • Mineral exploration activity (gold, gemstones) is being performed just east of Markham Bay

(66) Nasaruvaalik (Unnamed) Island

This is a photograph of a Ross's Gull sitting on a nest.

Map of Nasaruvaalik (Unnamed) Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (66) Nasaruvaalik (Unnamed) Island

What is important here?

  • Common Eider and Arctic Tern colonies
  • Ross’s Gull (one of four known breeding sites in Canada)

Why is it important?

  • Ross’s Gull is listed as a Threatened species in Canada under the Species at Risk Act (SARA)

Special consideration

  • Located on a potential marine access route for oil and gas and mineral exploration and extraction

(67) Ninginganiq (Isabella Bay), Baffin Island

A Northern Fulmar in flight is shown in this photograph.

Map of Ninginganiq (Isabella Bay), Baffin Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (67) Ninginganiq (Isabella Bay), Baffin Island

What is important here?

  • Bowhead Whale congregate in the area in summer
  • Many migrating seabirds pass through in late summer

Why is it important?

  • Largest known concentration of Bowhead Whale
  • Proposed National Wildlife Area

(68) Nirjutiqavvik (Coburg Island)

A photograph of Black-legged Kittiwakes nesting on a cliff is pictured here.

Map of Nirjutiqavvik (Coburg Island) — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (68) Nirjutiqavvik (Coburg Island)

What is important here?

  • Many nesting seabirds
  • Area favoured by Polar Bear

Why is it important?

  • 25% of Canada’s Black-legged Kittiwake and Thick-billed Murre breed here
  • Important seabird monitoring site

(69) North Spicer Island

A pair of Atlantic Brant are shown swimming in this photograph.

Map of North Spicer Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (69) North Spicer Island

What is important here?

  • Large Atlantic Brant colony
  • Sabine’s Gull, terns, ducks and loons

Why is it important?

  • 1% of Canada’s Atlantic Brant nest here

(70) North Water Polynya

A close up photograph of a Black-legged Kittiwake standing is shown here.

Map of North Water Polynya — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (70) North Water Polynya

What is important here?

  • Millions of seabirds breed nearby
  • Black-legged Kittiwake, Thickbilled Murre, Northern Fulmar, Ivory Gull, Black Guillemot and Dovekie
  • Beluga Whale, Bowhead Whale, Narwhal and Polar Bear

Why is it important?

  • 16% of Canada’s Black-legged Kittiwake and 30% of Canada’s Ivory Gull nest here
  • Ivory Gull is listed as an Endangered species under Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA)

Special consideration

  • Increased cruise ship tourism could have environmental impacts

(71) Northwestern Brodeur Peninsula, Baffin Island

This is a photograph of an Ivory Gull on a nest.

Map of Northwestern Brodeur Peninsula, Baffin Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (71) Northwestern Brodeur Peninsula, Baffin Island

What is important here?

  • Ivory Gull nest in the area

Why is it important?

  • Ivory Gull is listed as an Endangered species under Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA)

(72) Polar Bear Pass, Bathurst Island

A Black-bellied Plover is shown standing in this photograph.

Map of Polar Bear Pass, Bathurst Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (72) Polar Bear Pass, Bathurst Island

What is important here?

  • High diversity of bird species
  • Peary Caribou live in the area

Why is it important?

  • National Wildlife Area
  • Wetland of International Importance (RAMSAR site)
  • Important Arctic ecosystems monitoring site
  • “Arctic oasis”: many species of birds, plants and animals, including Polar Bear, pass through in spring

(73) Prince Leopold Island

This is a photograph of a Thick-billed Murre at rest.

Map of Prince Leopold Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (73) Prince Leopold Island

What is important here?

  • Huge seabird colony (murres, kittiwakes, fulmars, guillemots)
  • Major seabird feeding area in surrounding waters

Why is it important?

  • Migratory Bird Sanctuary
  • 15% of Canada’s Black-legged Kittiwake and 26% of Canada’s Thick-billed Murre populations nest here
  • Nominated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Key seabird monitoring site

Special consideration

  • Unknown impacts of increased human activity as a result of opening up of the Northwest Passage

(74) Qaqulliut (Cape Searle), Baffin Island

A photograph of a Northern Fulmar in flight is shown here.

Map of Qaqulliut (Cape Searle), Baffin Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (74) Qaqulliut (Cape Searle), Baffin Island

What is important here?

  • Largest Northern Fulmar colony in Canada

Why is it important?

  • 22% of Canada’s Northern Fulmar nest here
  • National Wildlife Area
  • Seabird monitoring site

(75) Sabine Peninsula, Melville Island

A Pectoral Sandpiper standing in grassy tundra is pictured in this photograph.

Map of Sabine Peninsula, Melville Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (75) Sabine Peninsula, Melville Island

What is important here?

  • Rich wetlands that span the peninsula from Sherard Bay to Eldridge Bay
  • Many birds of several species for this far north

Why is it important?

  • One of the few wetland oases in the dry upland of the High Arctic

Special consideration

  • Intensive oil and gas activity on Sabine Peninsula in the past

(76) Scott Inlet, Baffin Island

A pair of Northern Fulmar at rest are pictured in this photograph.

Map of Scott Inlet, Baffin Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (76) Scott Inlet, Baffin Island

What is important here?

  • Northern Fulmar colony
  • Probably Black Guillemot colonies
  • King Eider and Common Eider stopover site during migration
  • Narwhal and Ringed Seal
  • Polar Bear maternity denning area

Why is it important?

  • 4% of Canada’s Northern Fulmar nest here
  • Used by seabirds from April through October

Special consideration

  • Seismic surveys for oil and gas are being performed off the coast of Baffin Island

(77) Seymour Island

An Ivory Gull colony is pictured in this photograph.

Map of Seymour Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (77) Seymour Island

What is important here?

  • Canada’s largest known Ivory Gull colony

Why is it important?

  • Ivory Gull is listed as an Endangered species in Canada under the Species at Risk Act (SARA)

(78) Skruis Point, Devon Island

A Black Guillemot standing on a rock is shown in this photograph.

Map of Skruis Point, Devon Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (78) Skruis Point, Devon Island

What is important here?

  • Canada’s largest Black Guillemot colony
  • Seals, Polar Bear, Narwhal and Walrus

Why is it important?

  • 10% of Canada’s Black Guillemot nest here

(79) Sleeper Islands

This is a photograph of a male Common Eider floating on the water.

Map of Sleeper Islands — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (79) Sleeper Islands

What is important here?

  • Most of the Hudson Bay population of Common Eider winter in the area
  • Polynyas
  • Many Walrus and Polar Bear

Why is it important?

  • 12% of Hudson Bay Common Eider nest here
  • Islands and polynyas are critical to the survival of Common Eider in eastern Hudson Bay

Special consideration

  • Common Eider here are very vulnerable to potential oil spills and changes in sea-ice extent

(80) Sydkap Ice Field, Ellesmere Island

This is a photograph of an Ivory Gull standing on a rock.

Map of Sydkap Ice Field, Ellesmere Island — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (80) Sydkap Ice Field, Ellesmere Island

What is important here?

  • Many Ivory Gull nest here

Why is it important?

  • Ivory Gull is listed as an Endangered species in Canada under the Species at Risk Act (SARA)

(81) Ungava Bay Archipelago

A male Common Eider swimming in water is pictured in this photograph.

Map of Ungava Bay Archipelago — Qikiqtaaluk Region.

Long description of Map (81) Ungava Bay Archipelago

What is important here?

  • Many Common Eider colonies
  • Beluga Whale, Ringed Seal and Walrus

Why is it important?

  • 16% of the Hudson Strait subpopulation of Common Eider nest here

Special consideration

  • Seismic surveys for oil and gas are being performed off the coast of Baffin Island and Labrador
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