Important Bird Areas

Lower Hudson River

New York

This site includes the Lower Hudson River, extending just north of
the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge south to, and including, Croton Point
Park. Some additional winter roost sites for eagles in the surrounding
uplands are also included. This site includes state, county, and private
ownership.

Ornithological Summary

One of the most critical wintering Bald Eagle sites in the state, and
becoming an important breeding area for Bald Eagles. Croton Point
Park supports wintering and breeding grassland birds including the
Northern Harrier (year-round), Short-eared Owl (up to six individuals
in winter), Grasshopper Sparrow (observed in breeding season),
Vesper Sparrow (observed during migration), and Henslow?s Sparrow
(observed during migration).
Supports about 10% of state winter Bald Eagle population.

Conservation Issues

This site is included in the 2002 Open Space Conservation Plan under
the project name Hudson River Corridor Estuary and Greenway
Trail. Inventory and monitoring of eagles should continue. Ensuring
the protection of key winter roost sites is strongly recommended.