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Not to be confused with the Staats Island in Rensselaer County, New York.
Staats Island
Isla Staats
Location of Staats Island within the Falkland archipelago
Location of Staats Island within the Falkland archipelago
Coordinates: 51°53′31″S 61°11′31″W / 51.892°S 61.192°W / -51.892; -61.192Coordinates: 51°53′31″S 61°11′31″W / 51.892°S 61.192°W / -51.892; -61.192
Country Falkland Islands
 • Total 5 km2 (2 sq mi)
Time zone FKST (UTC−3)
If shown, area and population ranks are for all islands and all inhabited islands in the Falklands respectively.

Staats Island is one of the Beaver Island Group in the Falkland Islands. It lies between Beaver Island and Weddell Island, parallel to Tea Island and is 500 hectares (1,236 acres) in area. It is known for its Patagonian foxes and guanacos, both introduced species; the former is not to be confused with the closely related Falkland Islands fox now extinct. The introduction of guanaco has led to overgrazing of the tussac while the introduction of foxes has had a negative effect on the resident birds and there is an eradication programme to eliminate foxes from this and other islands in the Beaver Island Group[1] The guanaco population, from 15 animals introduced in 1938-39, rapidly grew to around 275 by 1956, when culling began in order to replace them with sheep. By the early 1960s, they had been reduced to around 10-20 animals. The population oscillated between a few hundred and a few dozen, with repeated culling; as of 2004, the population had risen back to around 400 animals. Other introduced species in the 1930s included a pair of lesser rheas (known to Falklanders as "ostriches") and a number of Humboldt's hog-nosed skunks; the rheas did not establish themselves, as their nests were raided by the foxes, but the skunks lasted until at least 1956.[2]

Other wildlife on the uninhabited island includes Magellanic penguins and other seabirds.


  1. ^ http://www.falklandsconservation.com/wildlife/birds/IBAs/iba_beaver.pdf
  2. ^ Franklin, William L.; Grigione, Melissa M. (10 March 2005). "The enigma of guanacos in the Falkland Islands: the legacy of John Hamilton". Journal of Biogeography 32 (4): 661–675. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2004.01220.x. 

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2 news items

Albany Times Union

Albany Times Union
Mon, 03 Sep 2012 22:10:57 -0700

SCHODACK — William Staats provides a rare personal link back three centuries to when the Capital Region was on the American frontier. The 80-year-old Staats is the ninth generation of his family to live at the family homestead on Staats Island, known ...

Albany Times Union

Albany Times Union
Sat, 02 Apr 2016 12:41:15 -0700

1916: A rowboat was to be used as a hearse to carry the body of Sarah Staats from Staats' Island to Rensselaer. All roads to the island were submerged by the freshet, necessitating the river voyage to the New York Central Tracks in Rensselaer. 1966 ...

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