Preserve designated bird conservation area
- Preserve designated bird conservation area
By:GLENN GRIFFITH, Community News
The Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve along the Mohawk River in Clifton
Park was designated an offical New York State Bird Conservation
CLIFTON PARK - The Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve along the Mohawk
River in Clifton Park Monday was designated an official New York
State Bird Conservation Area by representatives for Gov. Pataki.
The governor gave the site the designation to mark Audubon Society's
100th anniversary. The nature preserve marks the 48th designation in
the state and the completion of the governor's promise in Jan. 2005
to name 20 more by the organization's anniversary.
The model for the state program began in Europe. It's design was
appropriated in New York by the National Audubon Society's Audubon
New York. It was the first state in the U.S. to do so. The state has
used the organization's program as its model.
With the new designation the preserve can expand its attraction to
various species of birds. It will also be able to have its wildlife
habitat enhanced, and recreational opportunities increased.
As an official Bird Conservation Area the Vischer Ferry Nature
Preserve can apply for federal and state money to help with the
enhancements. The preserve contains 740,000 acres of land and water
and is owned by the state Canal Corporation. It is monitored and
maintained by the town of Clifton Park.
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