Important Areas for Birds in Nunavut
© Environment Canada – Gerry Beyersbergen; Tom Johnson; Kyle Elliott
Note: The numbers on the map below are general identification numbers used to identify areas. Choose a zone to navigate to a section of this document for more information. You can also navigate to a particular section of this document by using the Table of Contents.
- Kivalliq Region
- Kitikmeot Region
- Qikiqtaaluk Region
- (35) Abbajalik and Ijutuk Islands, Baffin Island
- (36) Akpait (Reid Bay), Baffin Island
- (37) Akpatok Island
- (38) Baillarge Bay, Baffin Island
- (39) Baillie-Hamilton Island
- (40) Batty Bay, Somerset Island
- (41) Belcher Islands
- (42) Berlinguet Inlet, Baffin Island
- (43) Browne Island
- (44) Buchan Gulf, Baffin Island
- (45) Button Islands
- (46) Cape Hay and Cape Graham Moore, Bylot Island
- (47) Cape Liddon and Radstock Bay, Devon Island
- (48) Cheyne Islands
- (49) Creswell Bay, Somerset Island
- (50) Cumberland Sound
- (51) Digges Sound
- (52) East Axel Heiberg Island
- (53) Eastern Devon Island
- (54) Eastern Jones Sound
- (55) Eastern Lancaster Sound
- (56) Fosheim Peninsula, Ellesmere Island
- (57) Foxe Basin Islands
- (58) Foxe Basin
- (59) Fraser Island
- (60) Great Plain of the Koukdjuak, Baffin Island
- (61) Hantzsch Island
- (62) Hell Gate and Cardigan Strait
- (63) Hobhouse Inlet, Devon Island
- (64) Inglefield Mountains, Ellesmere Island
- (65) Markham Bay, Baffin Island
- (66) Nasaruvaalik (Unnamed) Island
- (67) Ninginganiq (Isabella Bay), Baffin Island
- (68) Nirjutiqavvik (Coburg Island)
- (69) North Spicer Island
- (70) North Water Polynya
- (71) Northwestern Brodeur Peninsula, Baffin Island
- (72) Polar Bear Pass, Bathurst Island
- (73) Prince Leopold Island
- (74) Qaqulliut (Cape Searle), Baffin Island
- (75) Sabine Peninsula, Melville Island
- (76) Scott Inlet, Baffin Island
- (77) Seymour Island
- (78) Skruis Point, Devon Island
- (79) Sleeper Islands
- (80) Sydkap Ice Field, Ellesmere Island
- (81) Ungava Bay Archipelago
Important Areas for Birds in Nunavut
Prepared by the Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada, 2012
If you have comments about this booklet, please call 867-669-4709 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS), part of Environment Canada, handles wildlife matters that are the responsibility of the federal government. These matters include protection and management of migratory birds, nationally significant habitat and endangered species, as well as work on other wildlife issues of national and international importance. In addition, CWS monitors birds migrating to and from Nunavut.
For more information about birds and areas in Nunavut that are important for bird conservation, please contact:
Canadian Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 2310
Yellowknife NT X1A 2P7
Additional information can be obtained at:
10 Wellington Street, 23rd Floor
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3
Telephone: 1-800-668-6767 (in Canada only) or 819-997-2800
- Migratory Bird Sanctuaries (MBSs)
- National Wildlife Areas (NWAs)
- Key Terrestrial Habitat Sites
- Key Marine Habitat Sites
- Important Bird Areas (IBAs)
- RAMSAR Wetlands
- Newly identified important areas
Definitions of Words and Terms Used
Some of the words and names used may be unfamiliar to some readers. We have included brief definitions of some of them below. For additional information, please contact the Canadian Wildlife Service in Yellowknife, at 867-669-4709.
Abundance – Number of birds in an area.
Breeding sites – An area where birds find mates, build nests, lay eggs and raise chicks.
Colony – Large group of birds of one or more species that choose to nest together.
Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) – A national committee of experts who are tasked with assessing the biological status of species and assigning each one to a category of risk based on the best available scientific, community and Aboriginal traditional knowledge. COSEWIC makes a recommendation on “risk level” to the federal government. All the species recommended by COSEWIC for designation as a species at risk are on the COSEWIC list.
Diversity – Number of bird species (types of birds) in an area.
Endangered – A species that is close to no longer existing in Canada or the world.
Forage – What a bird eats or where they look for food.
Important Bird Area (IBA) – Sites across the world that identify habitat that is important for birds to survive.
Key Marine Habitat Sites – Areas that are mainly marine (ocean) used by at least 1% of the population of a migratory bird species in Canada anytime during the year; selected by Environment Canada (Canadian Wildlife Service).
Key Terrestrial Habitat Site – Areas that are mainly land used by at least 1% of the population of a migratory bird species in Canada anytime during the year; selected by Environment Canada (Canadian Wildlife Service).
Maternity denning area – A place where female Polar Bears build dens and give birth.
Migration – Seasonal journey of birds from an area of the world to and from their breeding grounds in Nunavut.
Migratory Bird Sanctuary (MBS) – An area managed by Environment Canada (Canadian Wildlife Service) for the protection of migratory bird habitats and breeding sites.
Monitoring – Work of observing, recording and studying wildlife species.
Moult – Process whereby birds shed old feathers and grow new ones.
National Park – An area managed by Parks Canada for the protection of natural areas that are representative of the different types of ecosystems found in Canada.
National Wildlife Area (NWA) – An area managed by Environment Canada (Canadian Wildlife Service) for the protection of the habitats of all species.
Newly identified important bird area – An area important for bird conservation in Nunavut that is not already protected.
Oasis – An area that provides better habitat than the surrounding area.
Polynya – An area of water that is surrounded by ice but open all year, even in winter.
Population – A group of birds of the same species (or subspecies) that live together.
RAMSAR Wetland – Wetlands of international importance to populations of birds.
Seabird – Marine birds (like murres, kittiwakes, gulls) that spend most of their time near the coast and over the oceans.
Shorebird – Birds (like sandpipers, plovers, phalaropes) that spend most of their time in or near wetlands.
Species – A group of birds that look and behave the same and can breed with each other.
Species at risk – Species that may become extinct. The population is not healthy enough to increase or maintain its numbers.
Species at Risk Act (SARA) – The federal Act in Canada that protects species on the List of Wildlife Species at Risk (Schedule 1) and their critical habitat.
Staging area – An area where birds group together to feed and prepare for migration to another area (north or south).
Stopover site – A place where migratory birds stop to rest, sleep and feed.
Threatened – A designation for a species that is likely to become endangered if nothing is done to change what is causing its population decline.
Subspecies – A population of a species that differs physically and genetically from the rest of the species.
UNESCO World Heritage Site – A place that is of cultural or natural importance to the world (as determined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
Wetland – Land that is mostly or wholly covered with water and inhabited by plants that are adapted to the wet conditions.
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