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Potter Marsh

I don't work at my real job on Wednesdays. I do mostly volunteer work. The weather person predicted rain so of course we had a pretty sunny day. Ruth got off work at 4 and so I said it's too pretty a day to waste at home, let's go somewheres. So we did, Potter Marsh.

Potter Marsh is part of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. It's one of the most popular birding sites in Alaska. At least 130 bird species have been sighted in the refuge. Today we saw American Wigeons, Greater Yellowlegs, Mallards, and some a little too far away to identify.

The scenery was great. There was a storm headed our way so it was a little windy. There are Spruce, cottonwoods, and alders framing all around the north and east sides of the marsh.

ConocoPhillips has invested over $600,000 dollars into the improvements of the Potter Marsh boardwalk and public areas along with millions from state and municipality funds and the Friends of Potter Marsh.

We drove over to the Potter Section House, an old railroad service building just south of the marsh, it now operates as a state-park office. Out front is an old engine with a rotary snowplow that was used to clear the mountain passes. We played around on some of the old equipment on display and it started to rain hard. It was time to head home, the weather gal got her way.


Potter Marsh

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Comments

robin andrea said…
Wow, dave, it's so beautiful there in and around Anchorage. I love that second pic, the one of the creek meandering through the marsh. Looks like a great place for a walk. I'm glad you started your own blog.
Dave said…
Robin - It is a beautiful place to live. It is a great place for a stroll. Thanks for visiting.
LauraHinNJ said…
Stopping by to say hello to you here.

What a beautiful place, Dave! I can see what keeps you there - would love for you to sometime share how you found yourself in Alaska.
Dave said…
Laura - Hi. I'll have to do a story on that this winter for sure.