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
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: