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Alexandria in Jefferson County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Indian River Lakes

Breeding Bird Refuge

 

—Natural History —

 
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Inscription.
Important Habitat Refuge
This region provides an important breeding refuge for many declining species of birds because it contains a variety of habitats, few humans, and little development. Species such as the Golden-winged Warbler, Red-shouldered Hawk and Whip-poor-will are still common nesters here thanks to public and private land conservation efforts.

Opsrey. Even in the depths of the DDT era, this region retained a small healthy Osprey population due to the lack of local agricultural pestcide runoff.

Whip-Poor-Will. This hard to see but easily heard night-calling denizen may be found by driving back roads after dark, looking for their red eye shine in your headlights.

Red-Shouldered Hawk. This beautiful woodland Buteo returns to the lakes in late March and graces the area with its shrill call. A lucky birder may find a pair as they soar overhead in courtship, as the species remains fairly common here.

Golden-Winged Warbler. The beautiful Golden-winged Warbler finds refuge here. It is being displaced elsewhere by its close relative the Blue-winged Warbler.

Grand Lakes Reserve
The Indian River Lakes Conservancy, a donor supported land trust, is providing a place for birds in perpetuity. With acreage on both Butterfield Lake and Grass Lake and miles of trails, this reserve
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offers visiting birders a sampling of the great breeding bird diversity of the region.

Indian River Wildlife Management Area
This diverse are contains many of the breeding birds of the region, including the rarer species. When combined with a visit to Grand Lake Reserve, birders could see most of these species.

Sparsely populated areas near the Seaway Trail are refuges for wildlife species.

Seaway Trail, Inc. Corner Ray & West Main St., Sackets Harbor, NY 13685. America's Byways. This project was funded in part by the National Highway Administration and administered by the New York State Scenic Byways Program of the New York State Department of Transportation and Seaway Trail, Inc.
 
Erected by Seaway Trail, Inc.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway marker series.
 
Location. 44° 17.907′ N, 75° 48.042′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, New York, in Jefferson County. Marker is on New York State Route 37 at milepost 22.3, 0.1 miles south of Stine Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in the hamlet of Redwood, NY at the Redwood National Bank building which is now the museum of the Redwood Historical Society. Marker is
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at or near this postal address: 43567 State Route 37, Redwood NY 13679, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 19 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Military Road (approx. 4.6 miles away); Stone Quarry (approx. 7 miles away); Thousand Islands Bridge System (approx. 9.6 miles away in Canada); The Thousand Islands (approx. 15.5 kilometers away in Canada); Darlingside (approx. 15.5 kilometers away in Canada); The Darling Store / Le magasin Darling (approx. 15.5 kilometers away in Canada); Bay Road Cemetery (approx. 18.7 kilometers away); First Church (approx. 18.8 kilometers away).
 
Categories. Environment
 
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7. Indian River Lakes Marker at Former Bank
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 6, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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