White Oak leaf Photo: Larry Federman
Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Sanctuary and Center is a 1,039 acre sanctuary located in the southeastern corner of Columbia County. It provides habitat for many at risk climate-threatened bird species, such as Wood Thrush, Veery, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue-headed Vireo, and warblers such as Ovenbird, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue, Black-and-white, and Blackburnian. It is also habitat for White-tailed Deer, Coyotes, Bobcats and Black Bears. The Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Sanctuary and Center is a great place for birding, nature walks and hiking. Hundreds of visitors enjoy the beauty of the sanctuary each year.
Audubon New York has begun a forest management project at Rheinstrom Hill that will use best management practices to restore the sanctuary to a balance of forest types to improve conditions for birds and other at-risk wildlife. The main goal of the outreach effort is to provide training to private forest landowners and other audiences, with the goal of applying these land management techniques beyond the demonstration project and improve forest health across a larger landscape throughout Columbia County and beyond. Click here for information about Audubon NY's Eastern Forest work.