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Birds on the Niagara and Footprint Festival celebrate great outdoors

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) - "The Niagara River corridor is something known as a globally significant important bird area," said Jay Burney, Birds on the Niagara organizer. 

A wide variety of species of birds use the Niagara River all year long.

"We have an area where along the Niagara River because of the volume of water that's passing through we have open water throughout the winter when everything else is frozen. So it brings in all these birds to congregate in one area," said Melissa Fratello, Buffalo Audubon Executive Director.

"If you love ducks and water fouls and swans this is the time of the year to see them and to watch what they do," said Burney.

This weekend those birds and more are on full display along parts of the Niagara River as part of the free Birds on the Niagara celebration.

"There's going to be a lot of spots that people can go to throughout the corridor and meet people with telescopes that will tell you what you're seeing," said Burney.

You can also do this at Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island, where the Niagara Footprint Festival will also be taking place as part of an effort to promote outdoor activities like snowshoeing. There will also be indoor activiites for kids as well.

"We really have a green initative behind this, we want to open up the park more to the public on Grand Island," said Jenn Pusatier, Grand Island Chamber of Commerce Director.

"They're going to be able to see things that they've never seen before, and learn something they've never learned before about birds and about our Great Lakes ecosystem," said Fratello.

Birds on the Niagara begins on Friday and the Niagara Footprint Festival kicks off on Saturday. For more information go to the following links:  https://www.tifft.org/ 

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