IMPORTANT WILDLIFE AREAS
NEW YORK-NEW JERSEY HARBOR BIGHT:
The nation's most densely populated region, spanning the estuaries, coasts, and Atlantic Ocean from Cape May, New Jersey, to Montauk, Long Island, is still vital wildlife territory. The region is a crucial nesting and feeding area for migratory birds traveling along the Atlantic Flyway. Whales and harbor seals also migrate through here, and the waters host rich fisheries of flounder, bluefish, striped bass, shad and herring.
In the northeast, the Appalachians take on a variety of guises, from the gentle hills and beloved trout streams of the Catskills to New Hampshire's rugged White Mountains and the alpine lakes of Maine. Wildlife here includes white-tailed deer, bears and moose.
The mountains and lakes of the Adirondack region cover 2.5 million hectares of New York State. It lies in a transitional zone between the eastern deciduous and boreal forest biomes, creating a unique haven for a diverse range of plants and animals, including 55 mammal species. Rare animals in the area include the bald eagle, peregrine falcon, spruce grouse, bog turtle and timber rattlesnake.