The Friends of Times Beach Nature Preserve
Located in Historic Downtown Buffalo and on the Shoreline of Beautiful Lake Erie
ABOUT Times Beach Nature Preserve
Times Beach Nature Preserve is located in downtown Buffalo New York on the shoreline at the convergence of Lake Erie, the Buffalo River, and the Niagara River. This Nature Preserve is arguably one of the most valuable bird and pollinator conservation sites in the Great Lakes.
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It is considered to be the western gateway to the Niagara River "globally significant" Important Bird Area. Birds migrating throughout the Niagara River corridor and many breeding species depend on Times Beach. To date over 240 species of birds have been identified here. That is more than almost any other location in the Great Lakes.
The Friends of Times Beach Nature Preserve conducts tours, speaks to groups and classrooms, and works to promote public engagement. We are a member of the Western New York Environmental Alliance and the Learning Sustainability Campaign
Friends of Times Beach Nature Preserve
,The Friends of Times Beach Nature Preserve evolved from a group of citizens and local organizations that began work to recognize the importance of the site in the 1970's. The group worked for decades to advise government, agencies, funders, elected officials, and the public to create a nature preserve at the site of the Times Beach Confined Disposal Disposal Facility located at the north end of Fuhrmann Blvd, in Buffalo, NY. This group became recognized by government agencies and elected officials the Times Beach Oversite Committee. The group helped to pass legislation, create partnerships, target funding, and design habitat enhancements and a trail and overlook system to benefit both wildlife and humans. In May 2005, the site was officially recognized as The Times Beach Nature Preserve. Today the Friends of Times Beach Nature Preserve includes many of those original citizen activists as well as hundreds of new "friends". Our mission remains to advise on management, maintenance, design, and public advocacy. The Friends group works in both thte long and short term to protect the wildlife and native ecosystems so that they can continue to provide and expand important economic, social, and environmental contributions to our region.
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Today the Times Beach Nature Preserve is owned by the City of Buffalo which has a management agreement with Erie County. State and Federal agencies have continuing active interests in the site.