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Northern Davis Region


Natural Region 26

WILDLIFE:



Although most of this region is ice and rock, several highly productive land and marine areas exist. The lush tundra supports land mammals such as arctic hare, lemming, wolf, arctic fox, red fox and caribou. Polar bear, walrus, beluga, narwhal and several species of seal (ringed, bearded, hooded) are common in the offshore waters. The waters of Lancaster Sound, off the north tip of Baffin Island, are unusually productive, harbouring large populations of many species of marine mammals and seabirds.

The cliffs of Bylot Island north of Baffin Island and the Hall Peninsula at its southern tip support huge rookeries of northern fulmars, thick-billed murres, black-legged kittiwakes and other seabirds. The largest northern fulmar colony known, containing between 200 000 and 500 000 birds, is found on Cape Searle on the east coast of Baffin Island. Two Migratory Bird Sanctuaries, Bylot Island and Cape Dorset, protect seabird colonies.

STATUS OF NATIONAL PARKS:



Mt. Asgard
Mt. Asgard
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Auyuittuq - "the land that never melts" - National Park Reserve (19,707km2) is a rugged wilderness park. Actually, each summer the land does melt - but only at its edges.

Water pours from the snouts of glaciers, and a few inches of soil above the permafrost turns into a slurry of mud and gravel. The massive Penny Ice Cap takes up much of the park interior, spawning glaciers that are still actively shaping the land. The glacier-carved peaks and the Akshayuk Pass hiking route attract adventurers from around the world.

Auyuittuq includes a large marine component encompassing the fiords along the northern portion of the park.

Under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, signed in 1993, Government and Inuit are negotiating an Inuit Impact and Benefits Agreement to formally establish Auyuittuq National Park Reserve as a national park. These negotiations are expected to be concluded in 1997.

Natural Region 26
Natural Region 26
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National Parks System Plan, 3rd Edition

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