Just a five-minute drive from downtown Buffalo and situated on the Outer Harbor, Tifft Nature Preserve encompasses 264 acres of restored habitat with five miles of trails and boardwalks. It’s a great place to see wild birds in action. This week one visitor spotted 35 different species.
A former industrial site and landfill, this area was rehabilitated into a nature preserve in the 1970s, for the purpose of passive recreation and environmental education.
Birders can enjoy the many boardwalks and bird blinds that overlook a 75-acre remnant cattail marsh, which provides excellent viewing opportunities. Designated as an Important Bird Area by National Audubon Society, Tifft Nature Preserve also features an environmental education center that offers year-round programs for all ages and skill levels.
Photo of Tifft Nature Preserve provided.