Queen Maud Gulf Migratory Bird Sanctuary

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Queen Maud Gulf Migratory Bird Sanctuary
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Queen Maud Gulf Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Map showing the location of Queen Maud Gulf Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Location Nunavut, Canada
Nearest city Bathurst Inlet
Coordinates 67°04′59″N 101°44′59″W / 67.08306°N 101.74972°W / 67.08306; -101.74972Coordinates: 67°04′59″N 101°44′59″W / 67.08306°N 101.74972°W / 67.08306; -101.74972
Area 61,765 km2 (23,848 sq mi)
Established 1961
Governing body Environment Canada
Designated: 24 May 1982

The Queen Maud Gulf Migratory Bird Sanctuary is Canada's largest federally owned protected area, encompassing some 61,765 km2 (23,848 sq mi) of the Arctic Circle coastline. 6,710 km2 (2,590 sq mi) are marine, and 55,055 km2 (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.[2] The majority of the park is 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.[2] It was named for Queen Maud of Norway.

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The biggest threat to the park is a proposed shipping route for a lead/zinc mine in Coronation Gulf.[2]

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