Iona Island National Estuarine Sanctuary and Research Reserve
Stony Point, Rockland Co.
Waterfowl are a major attraction in this 6,000-year-old tidal marsh.
The highlight of a winter visit is seeing bald eagles roosting in treetops,
perched on the ice or soaring overhead, attracted by the open water and plentiful fish.
Wildlife to Watch
- Waterfowl, Canada geese and mallards
- Bald eagles
- Smaller birds, including swamp sparrow, marsh wren, willow flycatcher, common yellow throat, and the least bittern, a tiny species of heron
- Muskrat and mink
- Snapping turtles
Where to Watch
- Tidal creeks
See Google Maps and enter your address for step by step directions to Iona Island (This link will leave the DEC website. Hold "Shift" down while clicking on the link to open a page in a new window)
Telephone: Hudson River Research Reserve: 845-889-4745 or Palisades Interstate Park Commission 914-786-2701
Website: Rockland Audubon Society, Iona Island (This link leaves DEC's website)
Photo Credits: Iona Island National Estuarine Sanctuary, Jim Clayton, Paul T. Schnell