KEY NORTH AMERICAN MIGRATION SITES FOR
Red Knots & Semipalmated Sandpipers

Beaverhill Lake

Country: Canada

Region: Alberta,

Nearest city/town: Edmonton

Site: Beaverhill Lake

Species/Sub-species: REKN-rufa

Total biogeographic population: 42,000

Count Method: Maximum day count

Count: 1,0401

% biogeographic pop. at site: 2.48

Season (primarily): Fall

Site recognition: WHSRN Ramsar IBA

Site description: Using the Ramsar Classification System for Wetland Type, the site's habitat characteristics are inland wetlands (Type O – permanent), freshwater lakes (Type Tp - permanent freshwater ponds and Type Ts - seasonal freshwater ponds, marshes, swamps including sloughs, potholes, seasonally flooded meadows and sedge marshes). Exposed areas of the lake bed are owned and controlled by the Government of Alberta. Existing knowledge about the site has been gathered through the Annual Snow Goose Festival during spring migration of Arctic nesting geese at the Town of Tofield. This supports the Beaverhill Lake Nature Centre to promote awareness of the lake and surrounding landscape.

Known threats: The threat of pollution and contamination at the site is due to agricultural runoff that may affect water quality as well as some limited impact by oil and gas well activities.

Notes: The lake is situated 71 km east of Edmonton, Alberta.

Sources: 1Koes, R.F. and P. Taylor. 1993. Prairie Provinces Region. Field Notes. 47(3): 423-425.