Island Facts: Green Island
This shrub covered rocky outcropping serves as a nesting site for gulls and cormorants.
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Natural History Overview
Sumac and other salt-tolerant herbaceous plants.
Survey in progress.
A rocky outcrop that rises nearly 45 feet in elevation.
No constructed water features.
Views and Vistas
This nearly barren island is visible from most points in the outer harbor. From the island there are views to surrounding outer harbor islands and inner harbor islands in the distance.
In the early 1600s, the island was named for Joseph Green, a well-known merchant, who owned the island during Colonial times.
Did You Know?
Shag Rocks in Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area offers roosting sites for cormorants and other seabirds that fish the surrounding waters. Better known in Britain as “shags,” cormorants gave this rocky outcropping its name. More...