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Mount Loretto Unique Area
Description: With five ecosystems—marine/coastal, grassland, forest, and tidal and freshwater wetlands—Mt. Loretto offers a wide array of habitats for bird species on Staten Island and lots of opportunities for birders.

Wildlife to Watch: Numerous water features at Mt. Loretto provide safe havens, food and nesting grounds for many species. Grassland birds such as bobolinks and purple martins have been spotted with increasing frequency. Visitors may also spy black ducks, cormorants, ospreys, and occasionally, bald eagles near the water. Others may simply enjoy watching butterflies and grasshoppers. Striped bass and bluefish are found along the mile-long coastline.

Special Tips: Mt. Loretto is open from dawn until dusk. Please stay on the trails. There is a portable toilet adjacent to the parking lot.

718-482-6404, 6450 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10309


Other Activities: Mt. Loretto is home to three trails: the Wetlands Trail, Grasslands Trail and Beach Loop. The Wetlands Trail has a brochure for a self-guided tour.

Ownership: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation 
Closest Town: Staten Island

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Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly - Photo by Bill Banaszwrski
Please see map link below

Driving Directions:
From I-278, take the exit for 440 South (West Shore Expy.). Take the last exit (exit # 1) on 440 South (just before the Outerbridge Crossing). At the end of the ramp, turn right at the traffic light. Turn right at the next intersection. At the traffic light, make a third right onto Page Ave. Follow Page Ave. until Hylan Blvd. (go through six traffic lights; the seventh light is Hylan Blvd.) Take a left onto Hylan Blvd., and the parking lot for Mt. Loretto will be about 0.75 mile along Hylan Blvd. on the right side.

From the Verrazano Bridge, take the exit for Hylan Blvd. and follow that south. The parking lot for Mt. Loretto is on the left.

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Mount Loretto Unique Area : Wildlife Viewing Area