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Grand Island in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

For the Birds

A Natural Habitat Re-Created for Wildlife and Bird Watchers Alike

 
 
For the Birds Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, January 27, 2017
1. For the Birds Marker
Inscription.  The Little Beaver Island marsh is a small, but important piece of the globally important Niagara River bird area. Each year dozens of species migrate, feed, and nest along the Niagara River at this and other locations such as east River Marsh, Motor Island, and Strawberry Island.

Habitat improvement efforts undertaken by the New York Power Authority and New York State Parks, in conjunction with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, are helping to re-create habitat for dozens of bird species.

The wetland and surrounding area is home to songbirds like Golden Crowned Kinglets and Baltimore Orioles as well as wetland birds such as Belted Kingfishers, Tundra Swans, and Great Blue Herons.

The platform in the middle of the wetland is intended for Osprey to perch and nest on.

[insets:] Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Boneparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia, Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula , Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon, Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius, Black Crown Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax, White Egret Ardea alba, Great
For the Birds Marker - Southward image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, January 27, 2017
2. For the Birds Marker - Southward
Restoring Nature and For the Birds markers by the lagoon, along the dead end road to Little Beaver Island (area 5). The water beyond the road curve is the west branch of the Niagara River.
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Blue Heron Ardea herodias, Osprey Pandion haliaetus, Golden Crowned King Regulus satrapa, Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus, Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
 
Erected by New York Power Authority.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsEnvironment. A significant historical year for this entry is 2010.
 
Location. 42° 57.742′ N, 78° 57.747′ W. Marker is in Grand Island, New York, in Erie County. Marker is on Park Road to Lot 5, on the left when traveling south. Marker is in area 4 of Beaver Island State Park along the road to area 5. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grand Island NY 14072, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Restoring Nature (here, next to this marker); Grover Cleveland & Grand Island / Lewis F. Allen & Western New York (approx. 1.1 miles away); Allenton Farm/Creating Beaver Island State Park (approx. 1.1 miles away); Bedell House 1877 - 1935 (approx. 1.1 miles away); Island Life (approx. 1.2 miles away); Strawberry Island (approx. 1.2 miles away); Did You Ever Wonder What It Takes to Restore an Island? (approx. 1.2 miles away); Recovery (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Island.
 
Also see . . .  Beaver Island - New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
For the Birds Marker (right), Restoring Nature Marker (left) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, January 27, 2017
3. For the Birds Marker (right), Restoring Nature Marker (left)
. Vehicle entrance fee collected in season. (Submitted on January 27, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 
 
Opposite End of Lagoon image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, January 27, 2017
4. Opposite End of Lagoon
On the pedestrian bridge from area 1 to Little Beaver Island (area 5).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2017. It was originally submitted on January 27, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 158 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 27, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.

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