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Lake Ontario Islands Bird Conservation Area

The Lake Ontario Islands Bird Conservation Area, consisting of the Lake Ontario Islands Wildlife Management Area (WMA), is situated in the eastern basin of Lake Ontario. The BCA is comprised of four parcels including Little Galloo Island, Gull Island, and two holdings on Galloo Island. Little Galloo Island is a spectacular colonial waterbird rookery with one of the largest Ring-billed Gull colonies in North America, and New York's only Caspian Tern colony. Double-crested Cormorants, Herring Gulls, Great Black-backed Gulls and Black-crowned Night Herons also nest on the island. Gull Island is also used by nesting colonial waterbirds and contains a stable population of Black-crowned Night-Herons and Herring Gulls.

Use of the Lake Ontario Islands BCA by shorebirds and waterfowl is primarily limited to migration with significant use of adjacent shallow water habitats by waterfowl, and some resting and feeding activity by shorebirds. Little Galloo is designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. The Eastern Lake Ontario Islands and their adjacent shoals are considered a Significant Coastal Fish and Wildlife Habitat by the New York State Department of State.


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