Niagara River’s islands are teeming with life again

Not long ago, bald eagles in Buffalo only appeared on postage stamps, and the blue heron was just a popular music festival. Then came restoration work along the Niagara River. Now, eagles and herons are commonly seen in a short stretch of the river from Strawberry Island to Grand Island. So, too, are egrets, osprey, cormorants, kingfishers, terns, turtles, mink, river otters, lake sturgeon and muskellunge. What’s disappeared from the landscape? Bulldozers and sheet piling.

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