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Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, Anchorage

#5 of 30 in Wildlife in Anchorage
Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
Wander the boardwalks at Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, home to a large number of waterfowl and migratory critters not far from the city. Located along the Seward Highway, the wetland area wends its way back toward the mountains from the sea. Park in the nearby lot and go for a stroll around the 472 m (1,550 ft) long boardwalk network raised above the sloughs, estuaries, and swamps, and keep your eyes peeled for eagles, gulls, terns, swans, and more as they scour the area for food. As you walk, take time to admire the natural views of the mountains and bay surrounding you as well. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary by using our Anchorage trip builder site.
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  • Stopped here on my way back from Girdwood. It's right off the main highway. I was here in November and there were only a few people around. Not much bird-sighting. I think one eagle flew over. I...  more »
  • During migratory season, this is a great place to view different birds: ducks, geese and swans and, occasionally, even a moose. During spawning season, salmon are in the stream.  more »
  • We visited here around 10pm. We got to enjoy the sunset. Right before that we got to see some sea otters through the binoculars (the ones on the decks, not our own). It was awesome. We also saw some salmon. Would definitely come here again around the same time.
  • So beautiful. Saw a lot of birds, some moose prints, salmon moving up the creek, and it was peaceful...minus the bus loads of tourists and the shooting range constantly going off across the street and the highway constantly moving...I'll come back in the winter.

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