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Hike/Birdwatch Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve

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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 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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:

Virginia rail (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_rail) Green heron (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_heron) Heron (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heron) American bittern (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_bittern) Egrets (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egrets) Common nighthawk Rusty blackbird [1] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vischer_Ferry_Nature_and_Historic_Preserve#cite_note-dec-1) 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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