OUR MISSION: Valuing Nature's Wisdom
The 264 acres of Tifft Nature Preserve are managed for the benefit and enhancement of native plant and wildlife habitat. Non-native invasive plants such as common reed (Phragmites), Japanese knotweed, buckthorn, honeysuckle, swallowwort and others are being actively controlled on the preserve. On over 15 acres where invasive plants have been controlled, over 2,000 native trees and shrubs were planted between 2010-2013 to provide habitat for migratory songbirds and other wildlife. The planted trees currently have a high survival rate and will continue to be monitored and maintained.
Tifft Nature Preserve has been working closely with the New York Power Authority to control the non-native invasive plant common reed (Phragmites) within the wetland. These efforts have been so successful that over 30,000 native wetland plants of 19 species including smartweeds, sedges, bulrushes, burreeds and more will be planted on 3 acres within the wetland in the summers of 2015 and 2016.
A system of over 40 bird boxes for Wood Duck, Eastern Bluebirds, and Tree Swallows is maintained to provide nesting sites. Bat boxes, turtle nesting platforms, and various bird feeders are also installed on the preserve to enhance wildlife habitat.
A variety of research projects partnering with the University of Buffalo, Buffalo State College, Canisius College and other local colleges and universities occur at Tifft Nature Preserve. Past and ongoing research includes examining factors limiting native tree regeneration, invasive vs. native plant nutrient allocation, Lepidopteran caterpillar diversity on native vs. invasive plants, groundwater flow modelling, deer population abundance and impacts, songbird feeding behavior, and plant community succession in post-industrial ecosystems among others.