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The goal of this page is to allow Grand Island residents and others to see the essence of Grand Island. E-mail

Let's show the world what a beautiful place Grand Island really is.

Tom Burke - December 2019

Tom Burke sent in this photo of beaver activity in Beaver Island State Park. "The location is the mainland side of the creek (behind Little Beaver Island). Downstream of the lodge cottonwood trees (up to a foot in diameter) have been dropped and beavers are actively working on them, stripping bark and limbs."

Tom Burke - December 2019

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Tom Burke wrote that he found beaver busy at work in Buckhorn State Park. "Immediately downstream from the road crossing over Wood's Creek in Buckhorn. Left side looking downstream.(Halfway between bridge and viewing platform). I've been watching a growing food pile for a week or more (beaver cache these cuttings so that they will have access to food after ice forms). Heavily used slides on bank to left of pile. I believe the beavers are living in a bank den in the high bank behind the pile. To the right (of pile) are a couple of burrow entrances primarily below high water level (and I would guess there are others below the surface)."
" I look forward to formation of transparent ice later this week. At that point, air bubbles and muddied underwater entrances may become apparent. Not all that remarkable (for those of us who get out there) but a nice viewing opportunity for those who don't!! Neglected to mention that beaver are mostly nocturnal (and can be easily alarmed) and might be seen from bridge at or near dusk working away!! Early ice formation won't prevent them from continuing their work but a hard freeze (with more permanent ice) will force them to rely on their stockpile of cached food.

Frank Greco - December 2019

Frank Greco recently took this photo of a chubby cardinal at his bird feeder on West River Road.

Frank Greco - November 2019

Frank Greco took this picture of a bald eagle in front of his house on West River on Friday, November 8th. He said it is the first time in 44 years that a bald eagle has landed in a tree, so he could get this shot.

Dave Mikulski - November 2019

Dave Mikulski recently took this photo of a hawk at the South Grand Island Bridge. Tom Burke sent in following information: An immature (1st year red tail hawk). Pronounced belly band, clear white breast and yellow eye!!

Mary Cooke - October 2019

Colorful trees along East River between Staley and Harvey.

Gulls on the new rocks near Strawberry Island.
Right in picture: Many Cormorant nests on Motor Island.

The Cooke family took their final voyage of the season on October 21st and shared their photos.

Jim O'Dea - October 2019

Jim O'Dea took these photos in the early morning, on Saturday, October 19th at his property on East River between Harvey and Staley.

Kathy DeWitt - October 2019

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Kathy DeWitt recently took this birds-eye-view photo of the Island from an interesting angle.

Mary Cooke - October 2019

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Mary Cooke took this photo of the full moon rising over the Calusa Coast Tug and Delaware Barge at the Suit-Kote Dock on East River, Tonawanda side, It was taken Friday, October 11th. The tug-barge is just over 100'.

Craig Kopra - October 2019

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Craig Kopra grabbed a shot on the last day of summer along West River Parkway, with Navy Island in the background. This photo was done with an infrared filter and processed afterwards.

Kim Kalman - September 2019

Kim Kalman took this picture at dusk on the shore of the Little Beaver Island Shoreline Improvements on Tuesday, September 10th.

Mary Cooke - September 2019

Mary Cooke took this photo of a cormorant taking off from the East Niagara River on Monday, September 9th.

Alan Lee - July 2019

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Alan Lee took this picture of the South Grand Island Bridge on Saturday, August 10th at sunrise.

Mary Cooke - July 2019

Mary Cooke took this photo and said "the monarchs are loving the purple coneflowers."

Bill Schultz - July 2019

Bill Schultz was baling hay at White Oak Farm on Fix Road on Monday, July 8th. He caught site of this coyote who is watching for a field mice snack.

Margaret Stender - July 2019

The Stender family on Steeg Road, overlooking the East River, celebrated July 4th with a beautiful sunset and some juggling!

Jeff Cooke Sr. - July 2019

Jeff Cooke St. took this photo of a Great Blue Heron from his dock on North Colony, Saturday, July 6th.

Laura Benjamin - July 2019

This photo of a Blue Heron was taken by Laura Benjamin on July 3rd in her backyard on Ransom Road.

Sandra Watkins - May 2019

This photo of a golden coyote was taken on West River Road near Staley Road by Sandra Watkins. Look at upper center of photo for a cardinal in the tree.

Mary Ellen Sanderson & Jodi Wroblewski - May 2019

This photo was taken by Mary Ellen Sanderson.

Here's a picture of a nestling eastern screech owl about to become a fledgling!! Taken by Mary Ellen Sanderson beside her home on Fix Rd. Mary Ellen has several nest boxes of this size on her property and hosts screech owls every year. Additionally, she has had great crested flycatchers occupy the vacant boxes. This nestbox is 20' from her house, note flashing and conical baffle to keep squirrels from taking over. Below see a close up of the owl taken by Jodi Wroblewski.

Jodi Wroblewski photo.

Craig Kopra - May 2019

Finally, a beautiful spring evening at Beaver Island, taken by Craig Kopra.

Patty Blair - May 2019

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This photo was taken by Patty Blair of the East River, on a foggy Friday. Thanks for sharing Noel!

Karen Smith - May 2019

This photo was taken by Karen Smith on Monday morning, May 6th.

Mary Cooke - April 2019

This photo was taken by Mary Cooke, Tuesday morning, April 23rd. This handsome pair were visiting her dock on the East River.

Karen Smith - April 2019

This photo was taken by Karen Smith the morning of Thursday, April 11th, as she arrived for work at the GICSD Transportation Department. The sky looks like molten lava!

Tom Hessler - April 2019

This photo was taken by Tom Hessler on Tuesday, April 2nd at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park. It is a photo of a Cooper's Hawk. Tom and his group Buffalo and WNY Wildlife Photography have many photos on their Facebook page of Grand Island wildlife. You can also find out all need to know about the Cooper's Hawk on the All About Birds page.

Mary Cooke - March 2019

These photos were taking earlier in March just off the River Lea loop in Beaver Island State Park. The icebergs were grounded in the shallow waters

Craig Kopra - March 2019

   Craig Kopra took this photo of the freezing rain in Buckhorn Island State Park on February 6th.

Paul Roeder - February 2019

   Paul Roeder took these photos at the Niagara Fishing Club after the wind storm on Sunday, February 24th.

Caitlin Bozek - February 2019

   Caitlin Bozek took these photos of a juvenile Bald Eagle on Saturday, January 26th near River Lea.

Mary Cooke - February 2019

   Mary Cooke had two visitors on her dock on East River Monday morning, February 4th. After lounging, they left the yard and walked upriver on the ice. First time fox were spotted in 31 years as residents.

Brad Robinson - January 2019

    An announcement on WGRZ Saturday morning, January 26th, stated a flood watch was in effect due to ice buildup near the North Grand Island Bridge., That desrved investigation. Yes there was a lot of ice, but there was free flowing water towards the Canadien side. Two ice breakers were out on the water, Saturday and Sunday. Brad Robinson took these photos in 10 degree weather.

Mary Cooke - January 2019

   Mary Cooke took these photos at Beaver Island State Park on January 17th. The white birda are Tundra Swans. The swans nest in the arctic tundra and visit our area only on migration and in winter.

Bob Lamb - January 2019

    Bob Lamb took these photos on New Year's Day in his backyard on Meadow Lane.