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Southern Hudson Bay taiga
black spruce and tamarack, near James Bay, Ontario (c) 2005 Scott and Ruth Bassett
Source of bioregions data: Olson, D. M. and E. Dinerstein. The Global 200: Priority ecoregions for global conservation. (PDF file) Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 89:125-126.
Distinctiveness (1=highest,4=lowest): 3 (bioregionally
This ecoregion contains some of the most extensive wetlands in the North American boreal forest. These support huge breeding colonies of waterfowl and support migrating birds. The ecoregion also supports the world's southernmost polar bear populations.*
Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most
intact): 5 (relatively intact)
99% of the ecoregion is intact. There is little fragmentation.*
Some views from the ecoregion
James Bay region, Ontario
boreal forest (c) 2005 Scott and Ruth Bassett hires
Moose River (c) 2005 Scott and Ruth Bassett hires
aerial view (c) 2005 Scott and Ruth Bassett hires
* Ricketts, T.H., E. Dinerstein, D.M. Olson, C.J. Loucks, et al. (1999) Terrestrial Ecoregions of North America: A Conservation Assessment. World Wildlife Fund - United States and Canada. Island Press, Washington, D.C. pp. 337-340.