“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Tifft Nature Preserve

An Urban Sanctuary


— Natural History —

Tifft Nature Preserve Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, April 10, 2016
1. Tifft Nature Preserve Marker
Nature to Industry to Nature
1998 Designated an Important Bird Area (IBA) by National Audubon Society.
1983 Preserve closed for hazardous waste removal.
1982 Preserve merged with Buffalo Museum of Science.
1978 Makowski Visitor Center completed.
1976 Preserve organized as not-for-ptofit corporation and staffed.
1973 Two million cubic yards of refuse transferred from Squaw Island [renamed Unity Island].
1972 Land purchased by City of Buffalo.
1912 Panama Canal Act forces separation of rail and shiping interests.
1900 12 shipping lines docked 83 vessels at Tifft Farm.
1883 Land sold by the Tifft family.
1858 George Tifft buys 60 acres.
1845 Land first deeded.
1700s Iroquois Confederation claimed land from neutral indians.
1600s Hunting and gathering ground for neutral indians.

American Bittern, Botaurus lentiginosus
Pied-billied Grebe, Podilymbus podiceps
Green Heron, Butorides virescens
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Dendroica coronata

Wild Life Returns!
Tifft Nature Preserve has come full circle since the mid-1800s. Rich
Eastward image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, April 10, 2016
2. Eastward
From the parking area.
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native wetlands were overrun by farms, stockyards, and a major transshipment terminal. But now the lumber docks, coal trestles, lake freighters, and rail cars are gone, and the area once again shelters a large number of plants, birds and other animals on the edge of downtown Buffalo.

Plant Communities Legend
Emergent Marsh - Look for American Bittern feeding or 'freezing' along marsh edge. Watch for Pied-billed Grebe in open water areas. Search for Green Heron along treed edges.
Successional Old Field - This short-lived community will be quickly invaded by pioneer trees and shrubs. A great place to study insects.
Successional Shrubland - Look for migrating and resident warblers, listen for Catbird.
Successional Shrubs and Pioneer Trees - Transitional community that will eventually become an upland forest.
Successional Woodland - Young forest on disturbed bottom and provides nesting habitat for many bird species.
Mature Woodland - Dominated by Black Willow and Eastern Cottonwood. Look and listen for woodpeckers. Landfill - Grasses and herbaceous plants growing on sealed landfield. Look for open country bird species like Savannah Sparrow, Tree Swallow, and Killdear.

Many coastal areas along the Seaway Trail have a complex history of human use.
Erected by Seaway Trail, Inc.
Topics and series.
Westward image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, April 10, 2016
3. Westward
Access is from Fuhrmann Boulevard and under NY Route 5.
This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Environment. In addition, it is included in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1976.
Location. 42° 50.781′ N, 78° 51.543′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from Fuhrmann Boulevard, Ό mile north of Tifft Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo NY 14203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Development of the Outer Harbor (approx. half a mile away); Environmental Remediation (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Concrete Central Elevator (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Electric Elevator Annex (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Cargill Superior Elevator (approx. 0.9 miles away); The American Elevator (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Perot Malting Elevator (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Lake and Rail Elevator (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 338 times since then and 85 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 13, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.

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Dec. 7, 2022