New York Natural Heritage Program
Great Egret
Ardea alba Linnaeus, 1758

New York State Distribution [-]
The Great Egret is confirmed from locations in ten counties across New York State (New York Breeding Bird Atlas 2000-2005, New York Natural Heritage Program 2007). Populations in Long Island/Metropolitan New York appear stable, and the species' range has expanded in recent years to include the Lake Erie and Lake Champlain Basins (McCrimmon 2006).

Global Distribution [-]
The Great Egret is known to breed in North America locally from southern Oregon and southern Idaho south through California, Nevada, and southwestern Arizona. It is also known from southeastern Saskatchewan, southwestern Manitoba, central Minnesota, southwestern Wisconsin, central Illinois, southern Indiana, southern Ontario, northern Ohio, Vermont (probably), and Maine. It is known to occur from Maine south through the Gulf states (and west to eastern Colorado, southern New Mexico, and south-central Texas), along both coasts of Mexico (interior locally), and through the Bahamas, Antilles, Middle America, and South America to southern Chile and southern Argentina. It is also widespread in the Old World (Nature Serve 2007). Northern wintering grounds include areas north to North Carolina, the southern United States and California and south through the breeding range to southern South America. It also winters in the Old World. In the United States, areas with the highest winter densities include the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) on the Gulf coast of Florida, the Sabine NWR on the coast near the Louisiana-Texas border, the southern Colorado River near the Imperial and Cibola refuges, and Humboldt Bay NWR in northern California (Root 1988 cited in Nature Serve 2007). Great Egrets may occur irregularly outside their usual range, and have been observed a few times in Hawaii (Nature Serve 2007).
Best Places to See
• Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (Kings County)
• North Line Island and Black Banks Island (Nassau County)