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Polar Bear Pass is a 262,400 hectare wetland and mountain pass on Bathurst Island
within Qikiqtaaluk, Nunavut, Canada. The pass is on federal Crown land.
The wetland exists within a tundra desert in the high Arctic. It is a staging area for migratory
birds, as well as a breeding area for numerous bird species. The
large insect population is an ample food source for these
Various water features are located throughout the site,
including lakes, tundra ponds and meadows. Vegetation consists
primarily of "grasses, sedges, mosses and lichens",
as well as a diversity of flowering plants.
An ecological research station is located on the site. Various
studies have been conducted in the area, including those on the
Caribou by the Canadian Wildlife Service. Currently, the
territorial government is funding studies on muskoxen and caribou in the region.
Its name is derived from the polar bears that migrate through the region
between March and November each year.
Polar Bear Pass is an International Biological
Program site. It was designated a Ramsar site on May 24, 1982.
Polar Bear Pass
National Wildlife Area received its designation in 1985.