As well as preserving a huge area of barrens, the Reserve provides a safe breeding place for an estimated 11,000 pairs of gannetts, 10,000 (each) pairs of common murres and kittiwakes, about 1,000 pairs of thick-billed murres plus a few hundred razorbills and guillemots.
At Bird Rock, the noise was as phenomenal as the view. Each pair of gannets was teaching their single chick how to fly. And each bird knew its exact spot to return to on the rock. If for nothing else, seeing and hearing these birds was worth the trip to Newfoundland.