Prall's Island Bird Haven

Prall's River, Arthur Kill, Staten Island


80.3 acres

Prall Island Urban Audubon Wildlife Refuge - this 80 acre strip of land in Arthur Kill of the west shore of Staten Island is a nesting sanctuary for six species of heron: great egret, snowy egret, cattle egret, black-crowned night heron, green heron and glossy ibis. This small island was named after Arendt Jansen Prall van Naarden. The Prall family were among the first settlers in the area coming from Amsterdam in 1660. The Prall family owned the property to grow and sell salt hay on Staten Island. Herons and Egrets also breed on two other nearby Islands, Shooter's and Isle of Meadows.