Many people overlook the thrill of bird watching when in Alaska because there are so many other wildlife options for viewing. However, the birds in the area are just as breathtaking and fascinating as the bear, moose, and unique woodland creatures that roam free. If you are looking for an area where you can see numerous birds all at once, head to Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary. The area includes 2,300-acres of protected wetlands, and is located just south of Anchorage. There is an elevated boardwalk area that allows you to get right into the marsh without upsetting the birds or getting your feet muddy. The marsh will allow you to witness Canada Geese, Pacific Loons, American Wigeon's, Goldeneye Species, Greater Scaups, Red-Breasted Nuthatches, Canvasbacks, Wandering Tattlers, and Short-Billed Dowitchers, among dozens of other varieties. On most days there are volunteers on the grounds to help you spot the best sightings. There are no dogs allowed in the sanctuary, for the obvious reasons. There is a parking lot area, allowing convenient access for drivers to reach the sanctuary. There is a spotting scope on the premises that allows you to see the birds you spot close up. The area is also filled with signs that educate visitors about the lands and the creatures that roam the area. Strolling through the area exposes you to some of the most peaceful and fascinating lands of Alaska.
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