A birdwatching hike in the Niagara River Gorge is set from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, according to the Western New York Land Conservancy, which is working on a multiyear gorge restoration project.

Tom Kerr, a naturalist from the Buffalo Audubon Society, will lead the hike, which the Conservancy said will be strenuous, involving hiking up and down steep and rough terrain. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars.

The gorge is considered a prime area for gulls and migratory songbirds. Along with Yellowstone National Park and the Florida Everglades, it's listed as a globally significant bird area.

The hike is free, but advance reservations are required by calling the Conservancy at 687-1225. Those who sign up will be given details on where to park.

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