Queen Maud Gulf Migratory Bird Sanctuary is Canada's largest federally owned protected area, encompassing some 61,765 km 2 (23,848 sq mi) of the Arctic Circle coastline. 6,710 km 2 (2,590 sq mi) are marine, and 55,055 km 2 (21,257 sq mi) are terrestrial. [1 ]
Under the terms of the
Ramsar Convention, it was designated as a wetland of international importance in 1982. It is the world's second-largest Ramsar Site. The majority of the park is [2 ] lowlands and countless streams, ponds and shallow lakes. The land is mainly Arctic tundra and marshes.
In 1982, 450,000 geese, including the majority of the worlds
Ross's Geese, nested in the sanctuary, one of the largest concentration of geese on Earth. [1 ]
The protected area was established in 1961 under the Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations of the
Migratory Birds Convention Act of 1917. It was named for Queen [2 ] Maud of Norway.
Threats [ edit ]
The biggest threat to the park is a proposed shipping route for a
lead/ zinc mine in Coronation Gulf. [2 ]
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