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Four ways to get outdoors for spring

Temperatures are on the rise, and that means Buffalo Niagara will be headed outside.

Here are four ways to enjoy the spring weather:

Frisbee Golf: It's like golf, but the equipment is a lot less taxing. Eight area parks -- including Beaver Island State Park, Emery Park and Evangola State Park -- have league-level courses with 18 holes. To see a full list of area courses that can be played for free, check out Niagara Region Disc Golf.

Tifft Nature Preserve: Take a hike on this 264-acre nature refuge. Five miles of nature trails include three boardwalks with viewing blinds to watch birds and a cattail marsh. Visit the Tifft Nature Preserve Bird Sightings blog to see what birds have already arrived for spring. 

Or drop in for the "Spring Egg-stravaganza" at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Cost is $7 for non-members. Learn about animals that come from eggs and make spring-theme crafts.

Herons: Get out your binoculars to see a glimpse of spring. Herons are nesting on Motor Island in the Niagara River. The island is visible from the Town of Tonawanda boat launch at the foot of Sheridan Drive. You'll need a strong lens to see the birds. The island is a rookery for Great Blue Herons and Common Egrets.

Old Fort Niagara: On the shore of Lake Ontario, Old Fort Niagara mixes history with the outdoors. The fort played a prominent role during the French and Indian war and in the War of 1812. The park, in Youngstown, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for children 6 to 12 and free for children under 6.

--Denise Jewell Gee

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