Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve is a 260-acre natural area
administered by the NYS OPRHP located near the southwest shore of
Staten Island. Once the site of a clay-mining operation, the park today
contains a mixture of locally uncommon habitats such as wetlands,
fields, sand barrens, spring-fed streams, and woodlands. As a terminal
point for some northern and southern plant species, the area is also rich
with a variety of flora and non-avian fauna.
Over 180 bird species have been recorded at this site, including 40
regularly occurring neotropical migrants and at-risk breeding species.
Characteristic shrub/pine barrens species such as the Northern
Bobwhite, American Woodcock, Whip-poor-will, Eastern Kingbird,
Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Blue-winged Warbler, Prairie
Warbler, Eastern Towhee, and Field Sparrow can be regularly found here.
Mixed species 180 species, 57 neotropical migrants, 31 warblers have been documented at this site
In 1986 NYS OPRHP created the ?Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Management Plan,? which addresses many threats to the site, including
non-native flora/fauna and erosion. NYS OPRHP also provides
educational programs, including bird walks. Park use is restricted to