IBA Chantry Island
Southampton, Ontario
Site Summary
ON154 Latitude
44.491° N
81.403° W
178 m
4.79 km²
deciduous woods (temperate), freshwater lake, inlets/coastal features (freshwater)
Land Use:
Not Utilized (Natural Area)
Potential or ongoing Threats:
IBA Criteria: Nationally Significant: Congregatory Species
Conservation status:
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Site Description
Chantry Island is a small island located a kilometre off the eastern shore of Lake Huron. It is immediately west of the town of Southampton. The island is primarily treed, but there are some beaches on the south and west sides.
Chantry Island supports nationally significant numbers of two species of colonial waders: Great Egret and Black-crowned Night-Heron. In 1991, surveys revealed six nests of Great Egret, which represents approximately 3% of the Canadian population. During the same surveys in 1991, 100 nests of Black-crowned Night-Herons were tallied. This is at least 2% of the national population. In 1989 and 1980, nationally significant numbers of this species were also found, with 56 and 97 nests, respectively.A third species of colonial wader, the Great Blue Heron, is also present here, although not in significant numbers. In 1980, 24 nests were found, but by 1991 the numbers had increased to 124 nests.

IBA Criteria
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Note: species shown in bold indicate that the maximum number exceeds at least one of the IBA thresholds (sub-regional, regional or global). The site may still not qualify for that level of IBA if the maximum number reflects an exceptional or historical occurrence.
Conservation Issues
The conservation issues associated with this site are unknown.

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