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DID YOU KNOW: THE NIAGARA RIVER GULL MIGRATION

Wednesday, 12.22.2010 / 11:55 AM / Blue & Gold Make Green
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DID YOU KNOW: THE NIAGARA RIVER GULL MIGRATION
Did You Know…?
Every year from mid-November to mid-January, one of the great planetary migrations, the Niagara River Gull Migration, takes place here our region.  If you are like most people, you may think of gulls as a nuisance, and refer to them generically as “seagulls,” but there are about 50 species of gulls worldwide, and they are not common in many places.  Only three species of gulls are known on the entire continent of Australia.  Here along the Niagara River Corridor, we have 19 species!

The Niagara River gull migration involves hundreds of thousands of individual birds each day. Some of them are traveling from breeding grounds in the western Arctic and are heading toward the Atlantic and south. Some roost in large floating rafts in nearby lakes Erie and Ontario and travel the river to feed and socialize. Some of these species of birds are extremely rare.

Why does this happen?
The Niagara River Corridor connects Lake Erie to Lake Ontario, and links the rest of the Great Lakes and the interior of North America to the East Coast and eventually to the Atlantic Ocean.  The water and other natural resources that flow through here, including wildlife, are abundant and valuable on many levels. It is part of a planetary biosphere that is physically connected to the Niagara region.

Why does it matter?
The Great Lakes region, the Niagara River, and the gull migration are globally important assets that have garnered worldwide attention. In 1996 a coalition of government, community, local, national, and international organizations designated the Niagara River Corridor as one of the world’s “globally significant important bird areas,” due in large part to the gull migration.  This designation puts our area in the same league as Yellowstone, the Everglades, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Parks.

For more information
To learn more about birds and other animals that migrate through the Niagara River Corridor, where to go to see the birds, and what species to look for, visit: GrowWNY.org.

Looking for other fun excuses to get outdoors this winter?  Visit the events calendar or Go Outside Map on GrowWNY.org!

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82