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Bronx and New Rochelle, NY
Pelham Bay Park, Orchard Beach, Huckleberry Island, and Davids Island
As one of the largest Stewardship Areas around Long Island Sound, this Stewardship Area is made up of Pelham Bay Park (which includes Orchard Beach), Huckleberry Island, and Davids Island. Pelham Bay Park sits on 2,766 acres with a variety of habitats that include salt marsh, freshwater marsh, meadows, forests, mixed scrub, and a saltwater coastline. The Stewardship Area is a haven for migratory birds and is designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society for the array of birds that can be found nesting on the islands. The southern area of Pelham Bay Park provides a large picnic area with ball fields, basketball courts, and a playground. The northern area of the park includes two golf courses, hiking trails, and bridle paths. Within the park lies Orchard Beach, a premier swimming beach in the Bronx.
Huckleberry Island is owned by the Huckleberry Indians, Inc., a club within the New York Athletic Club and is only used during the summer months. This island serves as a cormorant rookery, where a few hundred pairs of double-crested cormorants reside in a nesting colony. Davids Island is owned by the City of New Rochelle, with the exception of a 5-acre easement. A variety of uses for the island have been entertained since the City bought the island in 1966 and, currently, a Task Force is discussing the best use for the island. Davids Island is home to a variety of plants, birds, and animals and supports valuable wetlands, rocky intertidal areas, and sandy beaches.