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James Bay

James Bay, shallow southern arm of Hudson Bay, c.300 mi (480 km) long and 140 mi (230 km) wide, E central Canada, in Nunavut Territory between Ont. and Que. Numerous rivers flow into the bay; many of these have been developed for hydroelectric power in Quebec (see James Bay Project). Of its many islands, the largest is Akimiski (1,158 sq mi/3,000 sq km). The shores of the bay and some of its islands are wildlife reserves.

The bay was discovered (1610) by Henry Hudson but was named for Capt. Thomas James, an Englishman who explored much of it in 1631. An early fur-trading post established by Groseilliers and Radisson became (1670) Rupert House, the first post established there by the Hudson's Bay Company. Other important posts on James Bay were Fort Albany, Fort George (now Chisasibi), and Eastmain.

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James Bay

 

a bay in the southern part of Hudson Bay, on the coast of Canada. It cuts deeply inland for 400 km but has a depth of less than 100 m. There is a group of islands in the middle of the bay; the largest is Akimiski Island. The Albany and Eastmain rivers flow into the bay. It is covered with ice most of the year.

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James Bay

the S arm of Hudson Bay, in central Canada. Area: 108 780 sq. km (42 000 sq. miles)
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Emergent coasts of Akimiski Island, James Bay, Northwestern Territories, Canada: Geology, geomorphology, and vegetation.
The highest densities were north of Akimiski Island and up the western side of James Bay, where many groups were found in shallow turbid water close to shore (Fig.
From the 1700s until the mid-1940s, caribou migrated from wintering areas in the Hudson Bay Lowland Ecoregion and Boreal Shield Ecozone to summering areas as far east as Cape Henrietta Maria and Akimiski Island (Lytwyn, 2002; Magoun et al., 2005).
Ungava, Quebec 56.3(1.4) 83.4 (4.1) interior Quebec, Ontario 56.6 (1.0) 83.9 (2.2) Cape Churchill, 56.9 (2.0) 83.4 (3.5) Manitoba Akimiski Island, 57.2 (1.8) 84.7 (3.6) Nunavut South Hudson Bay, 57.6(1.8) 85.1 (3.6) Ontario Kinoje Lake, Ontario 58.0 85.1 B.
Nesting ecology and gosling survival of Canada Geese on Akimiski Island.
Although the James Bay islands remain part of Nunavut, the western James Bay Cree assert that the western James Bay islands, including Akimiski Island, were part of the Cree traditional territory and that these islands have never been surrendered through treaty.
* Linh Nguyen, Trent University, studying the distribution of shorebirds on Akimiski Island, Nunavut;
Nesting on Akimiski Island and west and south of James Bay, these geese stick to the western edge of the Atlantic Flyway during migration.
interior geese on "Akimiski Island will be described as a race new to science." On the other hand, genetic studies done over a broader geographic range indicate measurable divergences in genomes of putative subspecies of geese (e.g., Shields and Wilson, 1987; van Wagner and Baker, 1990).
But the nesting season wasn't great for this population in 2010, partly due to high predation by polar bears on Akimiski Island.
After subsequent research, Faoro learned the adult Canada goose was one of roughly 1,000 adults and 2,000 to 3,000 juveniles banded annually on Akimiski Island in western James Bay.