Catharine Creek Bird Conservation Area
Catharine Creek BCA, comprised of the Catharine Creek WMA, is approximately 890 acres in size, located at the south end of Seneca Lake. The site, one of the last remaining headwater marshes in the Finger Lakes, is a large emergent wetland at the southern end of Seneca Lake, between Watkins Glen and Montour Falls. Once navigable to Montour Falls, the waters of Catharine Creek still feed a remnant section of the Chemung Barge Canal, which runs through the center of the marsh. Queen Catharine Marsh is designated an Important Bird Area by Audubon New York.
This BCA meets criteria for diverse species concentration site, individual species concentration site, species at risk site, and bird research site (ECL S11-2001 3f, g, h, i). This area supports American black duck, common loon, pied-billed grebe, American bittern, least bittern, osprey, bald eagle, American woodcock, willow flycatcher, sedge wren, wood thrush, blue-winged warbler, prothonotary warbler and rusty blackbird. Other wetland dependent species which breed here include Virginia rail, sora, marsh wren and swamp sparrow.