Trip 15. Potter Marsh and Bird Treatment & Learning Center
Date: Thursday, 27 June
Start and end times: 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
Cost: AOS registration fee is $25 per adult; $12.50 per child (ages 6–12). Covers cost of van and gas. We also recommend a donation to Bird TLC.
Maximum participants: 14, perfect field trip for parents with young children
Meals: Bring your own snacks and water. Instructions will be provided on where to order and pick up a boxed dinner.
Trip Leaders: Chris Maack or Lisa Pajot, Bird TLC; Joe Meehan, Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Trip Description: Potter Marsh is a freshwater marsh just south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway, popular for migrant and nesting grebes, dabbling and diving ducks, shorebirds, gulls, swallows, sparrows, and blackbirds. There are boardwalks for viewing on the north end and one moderately sized pull-out for the deeper ponds on the south end.
The Bird Treatment & Learning Center, perched above the marsh on the Old Seward Highway, treats over 600 sick and injured wild Alaska birds per year, and will provide a tour of their new facility with the possible release of a newly rehabilitated bird.
Recommended Gear and Cautions: Light rain gear, windproof layers, light insulated jacket, outdoor shoes, snacks and water. Spotting scopes if possible. There are restrooms.