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West Sister Island
National Wildlife Refuge

black-crowned night heron among cattails

Lake Erie, OH   
E-mail: westsisterisland@fws.gov
Phone Number: 419-898-0014
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Black-crowned night herons are just some of the residents of the rookery on West Sister Island.
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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Great solomon's seal reaches 7-9 feet in height, and a great variety of ferns, wildflowers, mushrooms, and other plant life abound. The island is composed of glacial fill over a limestone shelf.

West Sister Island's rookery is a host for great blue herons, great egrets, snowy egrets, black-crowned night herons, and double-crested cormorants. The water around the island is too deep for the wading birds to feed in, so they must travel an eighteen-mile round-trip to the mainland marshes to hunt for food for themselves and their young.

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