Niagara Falls in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Parting of the Waters
The Niagara River is home to many species of waterfowl and gulls, and is a stopping area fpr a number of migratory species from around the world. The Niagara River corridor annually supports one of the largest, most diverse concentrations of gulls in the world. The Boneparte's gull and the herring gull, and the canvasback and the common merganser ducks, gather here in globally significant numbers. in 1996, this corridor was designated a globally significant Important Bird Area, becoming the first international site with this recognition.
The river-control structure extending out into the Horseshoe Rapids is called the International Niagara Control Works. It regulates the flow of water over the falls by a series of gates. By international treaty, a controlled flow of water must go ove rthe falls; the rest is used equally by the United States and Canada for hydroelectric power.
Common Merganser. Photograph courtesy of Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Photographer: John Heidecker.
Small Mouth Bass, Large Mouth Bass, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Muskellunge, Northern Pike
The Niagara River has one of the most diverse populations of fish in North America. All fish images courtesy of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Ring-billed Gull. Photograph courtesy of Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Photographer: Isador Jeklin.
Location. 43° 4.746′ N, 79° 3.639′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is on Goat Island Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at the east end of Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park. 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. The Niagara Portage (here, next to this marker); Whitney Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away); Goat Island Flora (approx. ¼ mile away); Three Sisters Islands (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of First House (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Power of the American Rapids Niagara County Medal of Honor Monument (approx. half a mile away); Town of Niagara Civil War Memorial (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara Falls.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 30, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.