Greetings from Anchorage,
Here is still cold and the sun is mostly hidden behind the clouds giving us gloomy days. Anyway, today is not about Alaskan winter’s gloominess but about Anchorage Coastal Wild Refugee, and specifically Potter Marsh Wildlife Viewing Boardwalk, which is about 15 min away from city’s downtown.The marsh was formed in 1917 as a result of the Alaska Railroad construction, when a large embankment was build up. Potter Marsh is also known as the bird sanctuary because starting with May and till early fall this is the most accessible place for observing the wildlife. The marsh is a gathering place for a variety of migratory birds including trumpeter swans and red-neck grebes. The 1,550 ft wooden boardwalk starts from the parking lot and stretches across the marsh and through sedges. The path is equipped with information boards where you can read about the animals and birds that come to rest around the marsh. The spotting scopes along the walkway gives you the opportunity to watch and enjoy the wetland at a closer range.
As I imagined, during winter there is not much going on there when it comes to wildlife; however, it opens great views over the Turnagain Arm, one of the most scenic waterway in America. Also, it is a great place to admire the majestic mountains covered in snow and overall to escape the city rush. Even though I didn’t see any birds or animals I fully enjoyed the experience. So, while walking and savoring exquisite views I took the chance to shoot some photographs that I am going to share with you below. Although I liked the winter scenery, I am impatient to visit the marsh during spring time when everything revives adding color and life to the landscape.
Have a great week and I’ll see you soon,