Quill Lakes, Saskatchewan - Ramsar Site
Overview (Principal Characteristics):
The Quill Lakes are the repository for an internal drainage basin which contains three distinct wetlands; Big Quill, Middle Quill (Mud Lake) and Little Quill lakes.
Reasons for Ramsar Designation:
Quill Lakes is one of the key breeding ground areas for North American populations of waterfowl and other migratory birds and shorebirds. The area is a major shorebird staging area in the spring and fall with numbers ranging from 60 000 to 155 000 birds.
Date of Ramsar Designation:
27 May 1987
Provincial - Saskatchewan Environment (Fish and Wildlife Branch)
Conservation Measures Taken:
18 000 ha have been designated under the Saskatchewan Critical Wildlife Habitat Protection Act. Islands located in Middle Quill Lake are designated as provincial wildlife refuges to protect breeding colonies of American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythorhynchos) and Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus). The wetland complex is also included in the Saskatchewan Heritage Marsh Program. Quill Lakes was identified as a site under the International Biological Program in the 1970s. The site was declared a Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve in May 1994 under the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network.
Conservation Measures Proposed:
Current Land Use/Activities in:
Threats to Integrity of:
Status of Management Plan:
Numerous sites around the lakes are managed as waterfowl projects under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.
The area is managed in cooperation with the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority. The responsible management authority is:
Fish and Wildlife Branch
The Saskatchewan Watershed Authority
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