Gateway National Recreation Area

Gateway National Recreation Area

Nature & Wildlife in Gateway

Animals

Animals The Golden-crowned Kinglet is a common migratory species at all units of Gateway. Located on the Atlantic Flyway, over 300 resident and visiting bird species have been recorded at ...

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Natural World

Natural Features & Ecosystems Grasslands Phragmites grasslands cover vast areas of Gateway, and are subject to frequent burning. Remnants of other more diverse grassland types, particularly at Floyd Bennett Field, are significant remnants of former habitats. Throughout Gateway, barrier beaches like Breezy Point and sand spits like Sandy Hook and Crooke's Point ...

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Plants

Plants Phragmites Phragmites, Phragmites australis, also known as Common Reed, is an aggressively growing species, which outcompetes many other native plants. It can grow to a height of ten feet, and often grows in disturbed areas. It forms a "monoculture," which lowers biological diversity. Phragmites reproduces mainly by underground runners, with ...

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