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

Strawberry Island

Don't Be Fooled By Its Size

 
 
Strawberry Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, January 27, 2017
1. Strawberry Island Marker
Inscription. Strawberry Island is located in the Upper Niagara River southeast of Grand Island. This five-acre island supports a diverse collection of aquatic plants and animals. It also protects 400 acres of emergent wetlands and shallows from the mighty river current. In 1996, the Niagara River Corridor was designated a globally significant Important Bird Area. The corridor not only serves as a resting and nesting area for songbirds and waterfowl, but also as an overwintering site for tens of thousands of ducks, geese, and gulls.

[map] New York State Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat.

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Common Tern, Sterna hirundo. Photograph courtesy of Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Photographer [illegible].
Double-crested Cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus. Photograph courtesy of Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Photographer: Chris Crowley.
Great Black-backed Gull, Larus marinus. Photograph courtesy of Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Photographer: Stephen Kress.
Spotted Jewelweed, Impatiens capensis.
Water Celery, Vallisneria americana.
Common Cattail, Typha latifolia. Canada Goose, Branta canadensis. Photograph courtesy of Freshwater Creek Images. Photographer: Edward Sambolin
Green Heron, Butorides virescens.
Ring-billed Gull, Larus delawarensis. Photograph courtesy of Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Photographer:
Strawberry Island Marker - Left image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, January 27, 2017
2. Strawberry Island Marker - Left
This marker is the panel shown farthest left here. This is the Niagara River where it splits into the east and west channels around Grand Island.
O.S. Pettingill.

Did You Know? A colony of nesting Great Blue Herons is called a "heronry." Photograph courtesy of Freshwater Creek Images. Photographer: Edward Sambolin.

Motor Island A haven for Herons.
Strawberry Island is the first natural obstacle to block the Niagara River as it leaves Lake Erie. It shields its downstream neighbor, Motor Island, from the powerful river current. Motor Island is protected by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as a State Wildlife Management Area. Currently, the island holds one of western New York's largest nesting colonies of great blue herons and great egrets. Without Strawberry Island, all the river's natural forces would concentrate on Motor Island, and it could eventually be lost.

Trespassing on Motor Island is strictly forbidden.

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Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias. Photograph courtesy of Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Photographer: Lee Kuhn.
Great Egret, ardea alba. Photograph courtesy of Bob Labuski.
 
Location. 42° 57.551′ N, 78° 56.329′ W. Marker is in Grand Island, New York, in Erie County. Marker is on Park Road Loop at Area 3, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is along the park road loop beyond area 3 in Beaver Island State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Grand Island NY 14072, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Strawberry Island image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, January 28, 2017
3. Strawberry Island
Image taken from the intersection of Edgar Avenue and Niagara Street (NY 266) in Tonawanda, NY while aboard a high vehicle.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Management (here, next to this marker); Recovery (here, next to this marker); Did You Ever Wonder What It Takes to Restore an Island? (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Strawberry Island (here, next to this marker); A Home for Fish (here, next to this marker); Island Life (here, next to this marker); Allenton Farm/Creating Beaver Island State Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grover Cleveland & Grand Island/Lewis F. Allen & Western New York (approx. 0.2 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. Vehicle entrance fee collected in season. (Submitted on January 28, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 28, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 176 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 28, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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