Queen Charlotte City, British Columbia
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.
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.IBA Criteria Habitats Land Uses Potential or Ongoing Threats Conservation Status