Niagara Falls in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Niagara Gorge Important Bird Area
What makes the Niagara River so important? The Niagara River corridor was designated as an IBA in December of 1996. Canada and the United States participated in the designation, making the 32-mile Niagara River the first binational IBA. The designation of this globally significant IBA was based on the river's importance to the North American bird population. The river provides resting and feeding areas along a major bird migration flyway. Birds that choose to spend the winter in Western New York can seek protection within the river corridor when fierce winter storms hit the Great Lakes.
Why focus on birds? Bird watching is becoming a popular pastime. The attraction to important bird areas will grow as more people look to these areas for recreation, education, and enjoyment. More importantly, the changes in the bird population can serve as a measuring tool in determining the health of the surrounding ecosystem. For this reason,
Did you know? The Peregrine Falcon preys upon other birds, and the gorge is favorable to its remarkable hunting style. This predator dives on other birds in mid flight, knocking them out of the air at speeds of over 220 miles per hour.
Bonaparte's Gull. Tens of thousands of Bonaparte's Gulls descend upon the lower Niagara River annually during migration. Their journey takes them from Alaska and Northern Canada all the way to the Atlantic coast and Gulf of Mexico. Exclusive to North America, local bird counts show that 60% of this small gull's population uses the Niagara River corridor.
Bald Eagle. Bald Eagles have been seen soaring in the gorge. Navy Island, located a few miles upstream from Niagara Falls is a popular late-winter stopping point during their migration.
Songbirds, Waterfowl, Gulls.
Songbirds value the habitat along the river's edge, but the river is most known for its waterfowl. twenty-five species of waterfowl and nineteen species of gulls utilize the river with yearly numbers reaching in the hundreds of thousands. The churning water of the river rapids provide
Location. 43° 5.749′ N, 79° 3.665′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is on Niagara Scenic Parkway (New York State Route 957A) half a mile north of Main Street (New York State Route 104), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Niagara Gorge Important Bird Area Marker is located on the gorge rim trail. It is can be seen through a break in the trees from the Parkway. Marker is not accessible by car. I accessed this marker by parking at the Aquarium of Niagara Falls (posted for patrons only) and crossing the pedestrian bridge to the gorge rim trail at the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center (See the Great Gorge Route Marker). Marker is in this post office area: Niagara Falls NY 14303, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Niagara Gorge Industrial Heritage (here, next to this marker); The Great Gorge Route (approx. 0.2 miles away); Park Place Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Honor of the Soldiers, Sailors & Marines (approx. The Most Combat Decorated World War II Soldier (approx. ¼ mile away); Niagara Falls Medal of Honor Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); The Carnegie Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Boundary Waters Treaty (approx. half a mile away in Canada). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara Falls.
More about this marker. The GPS coordinates for this marker are approximate. The portion of the Niagara Scenic Parkway (nee: Robert Moses Parkway) adjacent to the marker has been redesigned since the most recent satellite photographs and Google street views were posted. The marker cannot be seen at all from satellite or street view. The pedestrian bridge is the best visual reference point to approximate the coordinates by satellite or street view at the time of this posting. The Niagara Scenic Parkway (nee: Robert Moses Parkway until 2016) is NY Route 957A, but the route number is not posted.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 195 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 24, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.