IBA Marshy Point
Lundar, Manitoba
Site Summary
MB087 Latitude
50.566° N
98.091° W
?? m
116.66 km²
deciduous woods (temperate), native grassland, sedge/grass meadows, rivers/streams, freshwater lake, freshwater marsh
Land Use:
Agriculture, Nature conservation and research, Hunting, Tourism/recreation
Potential or ongoing Threats:
Other habitat loss
IBA Criteria: Globally Significant: Waterfowl Concentrations, Continentally Significant: Congregatory Species, Nationally Significant: Congregatory Species
Conservation status: Wildlife Management Area
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Site Description
Marshy Point is located on the eastern shores of Lake Manitoba and is situated just southwest of Lundar and northwest of Oak Point. The terrain in this area is extremely flat, with Marshy Point being a maze of marshes and freshwater lakes that are connected by channels and extensive grass meadows. There is a rich diversity of habitats in the area, since in addition to the marshes and open water habitats, the land to the east is an extensive expanse of prairie grassland that leads to aspen parkland.
Marshy Point supports significant congregations of the Tall Grass Prairie population of Canada Geese, during fall migration. More than 50,000 geese, representing four subspecies of the Canada Goose (Tall Grass Prairie, Short Grass Prairie, Eastern Prairie and Giant), have been recorded at this site during the 1980s and 1990s. Although no firm numbers exist, it is believed that similar numbers of ducks pass through this site during the fall migration as well.

Other birds found at this site in significant numbers include Western Grebe and Black-crowned Night-Heron. A total of 2,400 Western Grebe nests were recorded at this site in 1979, a globally significant concentration. Similarly, as many as 250 Black-crowned Night-Heron nests were recorded here during the same year. It should be noted, however, that more recent targeted surveys have not been conducted and the numbers of both these species could be lower. Other species nesting at this site include Great Blue Heron (20 nests), Franklin's Gull (1,000 individuals), and Short-eared Owl (nationally vulnerable). Migratory shorebirds also use this site as a stopover. Species observed include: Semipalmated Sandpiper (159 in 2015); White-rumped Sandpiper (107 in 2015); Least Sandpiper (143 in 2016); Red-necked Phalarope (110 in 2016) and; Wilson’s Phalarope (164 in 2017).

IBA Criteria
SpeciesT | A | I Links Date Season Number G C N
Canada Goose 1990 FA 50,000
Western Grebe 1979 SU 4,800
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
The majority of this site is privately owned by East Meadows Ranch. A Goose refuge covers 15,110 hectares of the Marshy Point wetlands and surrounding upland, including much of this private land. Most of the Canada Geese that migrate through the entire IBA stop to feed on grains and corn that have been provided by the private owners of East Meadows Ranch. Additionally, the ranch has supported management in its wetlands by providing a paid manager for over 30 years. In addition to the lands at the ranch, over 975 ha are protected within the Marshy Point Wildlife Management Area.

A concern at this site is the ongoing stabilization of Lake Manitoba, which leads to a less dynamic system and in turn long-term declines in marsh productivity. In the short term, high winds can occasionally produce tides that flood low-lying birds nests.

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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