Battures de Beauport IBA
Globally significant numbers of waterfowl rely on the contaminated shoreline of Battures de Beauport and Chenal de L'Ile d'Orleans IBA, Quebec.
The wide mudflats and marshes of Battures de Beaport IBA are critical habitat for globally significant concentrations of migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. Spring and fall migrants include thousands of Semipalmated Sandpipers and American Black Ducks, and hundreds of Green and Blue-winged Teal and Common and Red-breasted Mergansers. More than 30 shorebird species forage on the Beauport flats, including Short-billed Dowitchers, Killdeer, and Dunlin.
The Battures de Beauport mudflats are heavily polluted and sandwiched between shipping traffic in the turbulent waters of the St. Lawrence River, and a highway, railway and industrialized urban area adjacent to the shore. But nature can win even against these odds—with our help. An Environment Canada project to restore the river sediments is underway. Our IBA site support group, Nature Quebec, has completed an IBA conservation plan that identifies further site conservation objectives, from revegetating eroded areas and constructing an observation station, to ensuring emergency-response preparedness in the event of chemical spills. Nature Canada will help raise community awareness of the IBA’s ecological value, and generate government support for site conservation.
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