Buckhorn Island State Park
Buckhorn Island State Park sits at the northwest point of Grand Island. It�s an island by virtue of Burnt Ship Creek which bisects this 895 acres of marsh, meadows, and woods. The Long Trail leads along the shoreline of the Niagara River, under the North Grand Island Bridge, to the tip of a jetty. It affords great views of the river, other shorelines, marshes, many flocks of resident geese, ducks, and gulls.
The Niagara River corridor was officially designated an �Important Bird Area� in December, 1996. Nineteen species of gulls have been found here, representing almost half of the world�s 45 species. The area is also on the migration route for 25 species of waterfowl. Many even overwinter along the river. That makes a winter trip to Buckhorn Island State Park a special treat. The most numerous gulls found here are Bonaparte�s gull, ring-billed gull, and herring gull. The most common waterfowl to be found are greater scaup, common mergansers, and canvasbacks. Be sure to take your binoculars.
Buckhorn Island State Park is slated for major improvements beginning in 2001, designed to make the park more accessible and to improve wildlife viewing. The improvements include additional observation areas, parking areas, and trails. A trail specifically designed for bicycles will be built, with access from North Grand Island Bridge.
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