You don't have to drive into the boonies for a view of Mother Nature. The Department of Environmental Conservation has constructed a new viewing tower and made improvements at the Utica Marsh.

Bird watchers have known the Utica Marsh as a great place to see a wide variety of species for years. Now with an improved trail and kiosk, a second observation area and better signage there's greater access for everyone. Over the last couple of years more than 190-thousand dollars in improvements have been developed to bring nature to within 2 miles of Utica.

Jillian Liner, Director of Bird Conservation with Audubon New York says in addition to great views, the area provides a needed breeding ground and habitat for many animals and birds.

This new tower provides a glimpse into bird-life not often enjoyed by the public, and presents a new opportunity for people to learn about and explore ways to support birds and wildlife within their community.

The Utica Marsh is part of the Empire State Trail, that eventually will become a 750-mile recreation trail that connects Albany, Buffalo and New York City to Canada.

SOURCE: Department of Environmental Conservation

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