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Hike/Birdwatch Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve

 

Bring your binoculars, scopes & camera on this birding walk in the Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve.  This 740-acre site (including submerged areas) with its extensive trial system is located along the Mohawk River in the Town of Clifton Park.

The preserve includes an original section of the Erie Canal and towpath, constructed in 1825.The main entrance to the preserve includes an 1862 Whipple Truss Bridge, a design commonly used to cross the Erie Canal.

The Preserveis known as Vischer Ferry Bird Conservation Area. Numerous migratory bird species and at-risk bird species use the preserve as habitat. Among these species are:

We will walk and see what Migrants we can find who have set down here for a rest.  

Things to be prepared for:  This hike is flat and easy but may be slippery and wet. You’ll want to be sure you have footwear with good traction and are waterproof.  Think MUD season! We will meet at the main entrance (look for the Whipple Truss Bridge) and set off on our adventure at 10:00 AM and will be out for about 2 hours.

Minimum age is 8 (8-15 yrs must have a participating adult with them, 16-17 yrs must have a parent/guardian sign participant agreement but do not need to attend)

ü  Please be dressed for the weather, we will go rain or shine.

ü  Dress in layers

ü  Wear appropriate hiking footwear.

ü  Please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines you may need.

ü  Sunscreen, rain gear, day pack.

ü  Camera and binoculars if you would like.

 

Directions: From northbound on Interstate 87 take Exit 8 (Halfmoon) onto Route 92 (Vischer's Ferry Rd / Crescent Rd). At the exit, turn left onto route 92. From southbound on Interstate 87, take Exit 8 and turn right onto route 92 (Crescent Rd).

Follow Crescent Rd. for 2.1 miles to VanVranken Rd. Turn left onto VanVranken Rd and go 1.3 miles to the intersection with Riverview Rd. The main entrance to the preserve is just on the other side of Riverview Rd. There are picnic tables here, and a map of the preserve. This entrance is also where the Whipple truss bridge is located.

Link to placewiki: http://www.placewiki.com/viewplace_detail.php?placeID=298

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks! I think I clicked on change my RSVP first and no second. At any rate, I must have done it wrong one way or another.

    April 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I took myself off the waitlist a couple of days ago, and also left a comment to that affect, but I see it didn't go through

    April 13, 2013

    • Sharon

      Elizabeth, my guess is that you, like many others, may not have taken the second step of a two part step, when changing an rsvp. You not only have to click on NO but you ALSO need to push the CHANGE MY RSVP button. If you do not, it will not go through. Hope that helps.

      April 15, 2013

  • Mary K

    Turned out to be a nice day for a hike. This was my first time at this location, it was quite nice.

    April 14, 2013

  • Rita

    I will definitely return to this place in good weather and for snow shoeing.

    April 14, 2013

  • Diane A.

    It was a great first time experience with this group. I hope to make other events.

    April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't know what goes wrong. Like I mentioned below, I left a message that I wouldn't be going days ago, and changed my RSVP also, it didn't go through. This isn't the first time this has happened for me. Neither the message nor the RSVP showed up, and I only noticed it yesterday. I left both again when I noticed it. Am I the only one this happens to?

    April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed getting out and hiking with people. There wasn't a huge amount to see.

    April 14, 2013

  • carolyn

    another great hike, thank you

    April 14, 2013

  • Eva P.

    I'm very annoyed! I was so looking forward to getting off the wait list, and I checked my email at 8:30 this morning. I didn't get back on my computer untill 11:15 and discovered I was confirmed for the outing at a little after 9 AM. Even if I'd seen it in time, I wouldn't have made it to the site in time. I hope this doesn't count as a no show!! I wish people wouldn't wait until the last minute to back out. I understand that things come up, but I don't think this is always the case.

    April 14, 2013

  • Terri

    My +1 cancelled last minute. I'm still going but that opens up another spot.

    April 14, 2013

  • Karen C.

    Sorry, I was wait listed for so long, I made other plans.

    April 10, 2013

  • Sharon

    :-)

    April 10, 2013

  • Sharon

    I've been looking forward to this for so long, but since I am still on the mend, I better not push my luck...and let someone else enjoy.

    April 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really would like to attend this, I am half way down the waiting list..so, I also appreciate if those on list who are not going can update their status. Thanks and Happy Spring

    April 10, 2013

  • Janis S

    just me. let me know if spot opens, or if attendance could be accommodated. thnx, js

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please make sure I'm on the wait list for this one, Dorothy. Thanks. Elizabeth.

    March 25, 2013

  • Rhonda

    Great!

    March 13, 2013

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