Thursday, July 4, 2019

Gros Morne Important Bird Area

Gros Morne National Park was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, and it is internationally known for its stunning scenery, unique and fascinating geology, rich cultural history, wildlife viewing opportunities, and world class hiking trails. It has also been designated as an Important Bird Area.

This fully protected park encompasses a wide variety of habitats, from coastal shoreline, to spruce and fir forests, to bogs and wetlands, to small lakes and rivers, to high alpine meadows. As a result it is a highly diverse bird community, with 207 species having been recorded within the park boundaries.

Gros Morne also provides protected habitat for three sub-species. Rock Ptarmigans typically inhabit the Artic Tundra further north, but there is a sub-species that inhabits the high alpine meadows of Gros Morne and several surrounding mountains. There are also sub-species of Red Crossbills and Ovenbirds that can be found in the park. Because these three sub-species have very restricted ranges, the protected habitat within the park is very important for their continued survival.

A few of the other exciting birds that can be viewed within the park are Boreal Boreal Chickadees, Canada Jays, and Black-backed Woodpeckers. Seabirds that can be seen include Northern Gannets and Common Eiders, and other waterbirds include Common Loons and Common Mergansers. There are many colourful warblers on display as well, and camera can fall asleep to the soft hoots of Great Horned Owls and wake up to the sweet warbling trills of thrushes.

Boreal Chickadee 

This IBA is arguably one of the most beautiful places on earth, and we would highly recommend visiting it if ever you get a chance!

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