Akimiski Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Sanikiluaq, James Bay, Qikiqtaaluk
Akimiski Island is situated in mid-western James Bay, near the mouth of the Attawapiskat River. The closest Nunavut community is Sanikiluaq, the southernmost hamlet of the territory. Akimiski Island is a critical stopover for migratory geese, ducks and shorebirds, including tens of thousands of snow geese. In addition to its importance for migratory birds, Akimiski Island is a maternity den area for polar bears.