Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve
|Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve|
Interpretive Centre from trail to Bird Rock
|Location||Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada|
|Nearest city||St. John's|
|Area||64 km2 (25 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Newfoundland and Labrador, Dept. of Environment and Conservation|
It is home to one of Newfoundland's largest seabird colonies. The government of Newfoundland and Labrador estimates that the site is home to 24,000 northern gannets, 20,000 black-legged kittiwakes, 20,000 common murres, and 2,000 thick-billed murres, as well as dozens or hundreds of razorbill, and black guillemot breeding pairs. The ocean waters off the reserve also provides winter habitat for harlequin ducks, common eiders, scoters, and long-tailed ducks. The reserve has been designated an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International.
The area protected by the reserve also includes sub-Arctic tundra, a mainly treeless plateau bordering the ocean.
Facilities include an interpretive centre, parking and washrooms. A footpath from the centre leads to a viewing location a few hundred metres from "Bird Rock", a large sea stack with several thousand nesting gannets. Other nesting locations can also be viewed from shore.
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