IBA Lawn Point
Queen Charlotte City, British Columbia
Site Summary
BC147 Latitude
53.452° N
131.893° W
0 m
106.73 km²
mud or sand flats (saline), open sea, inlets/coastal features (marine)
Land Use:
Not Utilized (Natural Area)
Potential or ongoing Threats:
Oil slicks, Recreation/tourism
IBA Criteria: Globally Significant: Congregatory Species
Conservation status:
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Site Description
This site stretches from Balance Rock to the mouth of the Tlell River and consists of rocky shores, mud and sand flats and marine habitat. It includes part of the Dogfish Banks in Hecate Strait. The area contains a number of points that jut out into Hecate Strait, and some sheltered bays inclduing Southeast Harbour.
Lawn Point to Tlell River is part of the major migration corridor on the offshore Pacific Flyway. Migratory birds line up with Sandspit to the south and Rose Spit to the north. Lawn Hill is a major staging area for Harlequin Ducks and other diving ducks. Southeast Harbour is a protected bay important for seaducks in winter. Over 160 species have been recorded at this site over the past 25 years. It is major wintering, and spring and fall staging area for waterfowl, including loons, grebes, goldeneye and Harlequin Ducks. Shorebirds, including Black-bellied Plover, Black Turnstone, Dunlin and Sanderling winter here. Black Oystercatchers breeding around Skidegate Inlet use this area to feed.

IBA Criteria
SpeciesT | A | I Links Date Season Number G C N
Pacific Loon 2015 WI 8,500
Red-necked Grebe 2015 WI 400
Note: species shown in bold indicate that the maximum number exceeds at least one of the IBA thresholds (sub-regional, regional or global). The site may still not qualify for that level of IBA if the maximum number reflects an exceptional or historical occurrence.
Conservation Issues
Oil spills also have the potential to affect bird populations and their habitat, and a wind farm proposal for the offshore area immediately north of the IBA is under review.

The IBA Program is an international conservation initiative coordinated by BirdLife International. The Canadian co-partners for the IBA Program are Birds Canada and Nature Canada.
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