Witless Bay Ecological Reserve
|Witless Bay Ecological Reserve|
Gull Island (largest of four islands in reserve)
|Location||Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada|
|Nearest city||St. John's|
|Established||1964 (Wildlife Reserve), 1983 (Ecological Reserve) |
|Governing body||Newfoundland and Labrador, Dept. of Environment and Conservation|
The Witless Bay Ecological Reserve consists of four islands: Gull Island, Green Island, Great Island, and Pee Pee Island. Immense numbers of birds nest on these islands during the seabird breeding season, roughly from 1 April through 1 September.
The Witless Bay reserve contains North America´s largest Atlantic puffin colony. It is estimated that more than 260,000 pairs of Atlantic puffins nest there during the late spring and summer. The reserve also hosts the world's second-largest colony of Leach's storm-petrels. More than 620,000 pairs of these birds come here to nest every year. Thousands of black-legged kittiwakes and common murres arrive for the nesting season.
A tourism information centre is located in the reserve, by Lower Pond in the town of Witless Bay.
- , Provincial Government Website
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