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The following information has been prepared to inspire future visits to Niagara Falls and we look forward to welcoming visitors back safely in keeping with any health and safety restrictions. Due to fluctuating COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend visitors contact businesses directly to confirm availability.
With its proximity to the Niagara River corridor, one of the world’s most biodiverse places, Niagara Falls is a four-season destination for bird lovers, adventure travelers and ecotourists alike. Over 27 species of gulls, many of them rare, have been found here making it the best gull watching location in the world and a top destination for birders from all over the world hoping to add them to their list.
In 1996, the entire Niagara River corridor, stretching 56 km from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario, became the first site in North America to receive international recognition as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) by major conservation groups in Canada and the United States. The IBA program aims to identify, monitor, and protect the world’s most important sites for birds.
Numbers from eBird show that birdwatching, already considered the fastest growing recreational activity prior to the pandemic, has increased 30% from March 2020 to March 2021. According to eBird 170 species can be sighted at Dufferin Islands alone in Niagara Falls.
Click here for more information about:
- Bird species that can be found in Niagara Falls each season and where to find them
- Birds on the Niagara Festival
- Birding Etiquette
- Birding Conservation
- More Birding Resources