Important Bird Areas

Allegany Forest Tract

New York

This site includes the Allegany State Park (almost 65,000 acres) and
extensive surrounding forested lands. Almost 95% of site is forest habitat and much of the remainder is open water (Akkegany reservoir).

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Ornithological Summary

This site supports a diverse assemblage of wood warblers (20-plus
species) and other representative forest species, including the breeding
Sharp-shinned Hawk, Black-billed Cuckoo, Northern Flicker, Eastern
Wood-Pewee, Least Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher, Wood Thrush, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Cerulean
Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Hooded
Warbler, Canada Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, and Rose-breasted
Grosbeak. At-risk species supported at the site include the American
Black Duck (migrant), Common Loon (migrant), Pied-billed Grebe
(migrant), American Bittern (migrant), Osprey (breeds), Bald Eagle
(breeds), Northern Harrier (migrant), Sharp-shinned Hawk (breeds),
Cooper?s Hawk (breeds), Northern Goshawk (breeds), Red-shouldered
Hawk (breeds), Golden Eagle (rare migrant), American Golden-
Plover (rare migrant), Hudsonian Godwit (rare migrant), Short-billed
Dowitcher (rare migrant), American Woodcock (breeds), Common
Nighthawk (migrant), Olive-sided Flycatcher (migrant),Willow
Flycatcher (breeds), Wood Thrush (breeds), Blue-winged Warbler
(breeds), Golden-winged Warbler (possible breeder), Bay-breasted
Warbler (rare migrant), Cerulean Warbler (breeds), Worm-eating
Warbler (rare visitor), Kentucky Warbler (possible breeder), Canada
Warbler (breeds), Yellow-breasted Chat (probable breeder), and Rusty
Blackbird (migrant). The reservoir is a resting stopover for a diverse
group of waterfowl, including large numbers of Tundra Swans under
certain weather conditions.

Conservation Issues

A portion of this site is listed in the 2002 State Open Space Conservation
Plan as a priority site under the project name Allegany State Park. Longterm
protection and stewardship of private lands within the site are
needed. Options include public acquisition, purchase of conservation
easements, and sustainable forestry agreements. Research conducted
at the site includes Red-shouldered Hawk surveys, Saw-whet Owl
banding (13 individuals were banded in 2004), and a Monitoring Avian
Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) banding station. Inventory and
monitoring, especially of at-risk species, should continue. The forest
interior receives a significant amount of trail and other recreational
uses. Such uses seem to be compatible with the resources and with
bird conservation. The reservoir is heavily used during the summer
for recreation. During the first round of IBA site identifications, this
site was recognized under the research criterion because long-term
research and monitoring projects are based there.

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