In this next article in the Earth Week series, Lauren Makeyenko of the Buffalo Museum of Science / Tifft Nature Preserve talks about the blue, green, and brown stories of Tifft Nature Preserve and updates us on Tiffts plan for the future.
Tifft Nature Preserve is a 264-acre urban nature preserve, operated by the Buffalo Museum of Science, which is dedicated to protection of the site’s natural resources, scientific research, environmental education, and public enjoyment.
Located in South Buffalo, the area was formerly used as a farm, stockyard, railhead/shipping center, and dumping facility until a group of concerned citizens successfully petitioned the City of Buffalo to create a nature preserve on the property in the early 1970’s. Despite the industrial history of the site, this recovering brownfield provides valuable wildlife habitat and needed green space within the city limits.
Major habitats on the preserve include a 75-acre remnant cattail marsh, woodlands, grasslands, ponds, lake and a small stream. In addition to the cattail marsh, which is the largest remnant wetland in Erie County and provides nesting habitat for rare marsh birds, Tifft Nature Preserve is an important stop-over site for migrating birds. In 1998, the preserve earned the distinction of "Important Bird Area" in New York State by the National Audubon Society.