Makkovik, Newfoundland and Labrador
Quaker Hat Island is located 40 km southeast of Cape Harrison and 10 km northeast of the northern head of Hamilton Inlet. It is an isolated small island, that is devoid of trees with rocky shores, situated 10 km of from the mainland shoreline.
Quaker Hat Island contains a diverse assembledge of breeding seabirds, primarily of the auk family. Approximately 460 pairs of breeding Razorbill, representing over 1% of the estimated North American population have been recorded at this site. Other birds of the family Alcidae that breed at this site include 650 pairs of Thick-billed Murre, 650 pairs of Common Murre and 2,100 pairs of Atlantic Puffins.
Surveys of these breeding colonies have not been completed since 1978. Therefore, it is not clear how the populations of these seabirds have changed since that date.
These seabirds and their eggs were likely killed and collected in the past for food. Although this activity probably continues today, the extent would be much less. Currently, chronic oil pollution from passing freight ships is probably light, but a substantial increase in shipping is predicted if the proposed mine site is developed farther north at Voisey Bay.IBA Criteria Habitats Land Uses Potential or Ongoing Threats Conservation Status