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Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, Anchorage

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#3 of 20 in Wildlife in Anchorage
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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. Put Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Anchorage itinerary planner.
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  • Located directly adjacent to Seward Highway, Potter Marsh is unexpected. The elevated boardwalk makes viewing birds and other wildlife easier. Gun fire can be heard from a shooting range on the opposi...  more »
  • The Marsh is just outside of Anchorage. In fact the exit comes up so fast you might miss it, it's not well marked. Basically if you're headed south out of Anchorage, the road is right after you start ...  more »
  • We walked along the boardwalk and saw some birds and fish in the water. It was windy, good to have a jacket. Noisy from the freeway of cars, but a beautiful area to admire different wildlife  more »
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  • Very nice bird sanctuary just south of Anchorage. A must-see for birdwatchers, but also for anyone else who loves to watch the beautiful scenery of Alaska
  • Amazing display of nature. We were there during the salmon run season. A huge, 42 inch, King lingering just below one of the walking bridges.
  • Es un lugar hermoso y bien cuidado, siempre buenas opciones de encontrar animales salvajes. Beautiful place well maintained, good chances to see wild life.
  • Spectacular views and wildlife. Close to many other beautiful highway stops.
  • Have been here many times; you never know what you're going to see but it's always beautiful.

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