Langara Island

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Langara Island
Geography
Coordinates 54°14′03″N 133°01′13″W / 54.23417°N 133.02028°W / 54.23417; -133.02028
Archipelago Haida Gwaii
Area 8,080 acres (3,270 ha)
Country
Demographics
Population 0


Langara Island is the northernmost Island of the Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia, Canada. The island is approximately 8,080 acres (3,270 ha) in size. It is located approximately 45 kilometres (28 mi) south of Alaska.

Coordinates: 54°14′03″N 133°01′13″W / 54.23417°N 133.02028°W / 54.23417; -133.02028

History[edit]

Little is known about its history. It is named after Spanish naval commander Juan de Lángara. During Lángara's period at the head of the Spanish navy, Spanish explorers were charting the coast of what is now British Columbia, and, in their charts, named some land formations after him. Juan José Pérez Hernández was the first European to sight, examine, name, and record these islands. His frigate was the Santiago, which was manned mostly by Mexicans. In July 1774, he briefly met a group of Haida off the northwestern tip of Langara Island. In 1913 the Langara Light was lit at the northwest corner of the island. It is one of the largest islands from which Norway rats have been eradicated. The eradication campaign for R. norvegicus was begun in July 1995 using anti-coagulant bait and the island was declared free of rats in May 1997 (Kaiser et al. 1997).

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Langara Island
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.7
(56.7)
12.8
(55)
14.4
(57.9)
19.4
(66.9)
25
(77)
25.6
(78.1)
22.2
(72)
25.4
(77.7)
22.8
(73)
20
(68)
15
(59)
12.8
(55)
25.6
(78.1)
Average high °C (°F) 5.1
(41.2)
5.7
(42.3)
6.7
(44.1)
8.7
(47.7)
10.7
(51.3)
12.7
(54.9)
14.5
(58.1)
15.4
(59.7)
14.4
(57.9)
11.1
(52)
7.4
(45.3)
5.8
(42.4)
9.8
(49.6)
Average low °C (°F) 1.5
(34.7)
1.8
(35.2)
2.3
(36.1)
3.5
(38.3)
5.7
(42.3)
8
(46)
10.3
(50.5)
11.1
(52)
9.9
(49.8)
7
(45)
3.7
(38.7)
2.1
(35.8)
5.6
(42.1)
Record low °C (°F) −14.4
(6.1)
−12
(10)
−11.7
(10.9)
−3.3
(26.1)
0
(32)
3.3
(37.9)
5.6
(42.1)
5.6
(42.1)
1.1
(34)
−4.5
(23.9)
−15.9
(3.4)
−12.8
(9)
−15.9
(3.4)
Precipitation mm (inches) 198
(7.8)
150.2
(5.913)
152.1
(5.988)
136.6
(5.378)
106.9
(4.209)
95.2
(3.748)
91.4
(3.598)
118
(4.65)
184.9
(7.28)
269.5
(10.61)
231.3
(9.106)
222.8
(8.772)
1,956.9
(77.043)
Source: Environment Canada[1]

See also[edit]

Publications[edit]

  • Kaiser, G.W.; Taylor, R.H.; Buck, P.D.; Elliott, J.E.; Howald, G.R.; Drever, M.C. 1997. The Langara Island Seabird Habitat Recovery Project: Eradication of Norway Rats – 1993–1997. Technical Report Series No. 304, Canadian Wildlife Service, Pacific and Yukon Region, British Columbia.

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