The Binocular Site

Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

More than 100 kilometers of trails wind throughout this spectacular park. With each trail rated according to difficulty, they traverse through various habitats that provide homes to a wide range of animals and birds.

The diverse habitats here include bogs and old growth woods, beaches, and coastal ponds, each attracting different birds throughout the year. Here caribou, moose, bears, and arctic hares are seen, along with weasels, lynx, red foxes, and beavers. A few Canada geese nest in ponds throughout the park, and many stop here during migration.

Over 239 species have been spotted here, including over 100 that nest. Summer birds include Swainsons, hermut thrushes, magnolia warblers, black-throated green warblers, ovenbirds, and ruby-crowned kinglets. During fall migration, look for horned larks, Merlins, gryfalcons, snow buntings, and peregrine falcons as well.

Gros Morne National Park was dedicated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, and is culturally rich. Several cultures have lived here, including Maritime Archaic Indians, Paleo-Eskimo peoples, and exploring Norsemen as they moved west from Greenland.

Britain and France both placed immigrants here for many years, until finally France exchanged most of her fishing rights here in Newfoundland for another territory in Africa. See the Gros Morne National Park website for more information.

The provincial bird of Newfoundland is the Atlantic Puffin and you can find a checklist for birding activities in Newfoudland here.

Photo credit to David Ooms, used with permission under the creative commons license.

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