Centers, Sanctuaries & Chapters

A New Vision for the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center

Please be patient while we embark on a series of improvement projects at the Sanctuary.
American Goldfinch on Purple Coneflower
Centers, Sanctuaries & Chapters

A New Vision for the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center

Please be patient while we embark on a series of improvement projects at the Sanctuary.

Long Island's ecosystem is globally significant for the survival of several bird species, and Audubon New York's expertise and vast network uniquely positions us to play a leadership role in protecting it. We are currently working to make the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center a state-of-the-art facility that will engage people in the protection of the Long Island ecosystem for the benefit of birds, people, and communities.

We are very excited to implement the new vision for the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center, and will keep this page up-to-date as the renovations proceed. These changes would not be possible without the inspirational generosity of several of our donors. 

We are working to make the following Sanctuary improvements:

  • Implementation of New Landscaping Plan Offering Passive Recreation and Enjoyment
  • Facility Renovations and Improvements 
  • New Sanctuary Road Sign Creation and Installation  
  • Entry Gate Restorations 
  • Native and Bird Friendly Model Gardens Development 
  • On-Site Interpretive and Theodore Roosevelt Legacy Signage Creation, Improvements and Installation 
  • Fountain Restoration 

Progress to Date:

  • We have signed a contract with landscape architectural firm Matthews - Neilson to develop a Master Plan for the facility over the next few months which will include:
    • Improved ADA-accessible trail system for passive recreational opportunities;
    • Incorporation of the Bessie Potter Vonnoh statue as a centerpiece;
    • Incorporation of the historic entry gate and consistent fencing;
    • Use of native plants, including bird-friendly native plant demonstration gardens;
    • Signage, way-finding, and kiosks;
    • Adapted reuse of some structures, including an area for indoor programming and multi-use;
    • Incorporation of existing memorial markers; and
    • Incorporation of the importance of President Theodore Roosevelt as a conservationist.  
       
  • A property survey has been recently updated.
  • A tree survey and as-built drawings for all the existing structures have been completed.
  • The aviaries have been removed.
  • We have been granted $130,000 through the 2016 Regional Economic Development Council process in support of critical center revitalization projects.
  • A small team of goats is on-site and will remain all summer to control invasive plants, primarily English Ivy.

Programming at the Sanctuary continues during this time.  Our exciting education programs and spring and summer camps will continue uninterrupted.

Please note that our rehabilitated birds have migrated to facilities where they will be well taken care of and continue to be ambassadors for nature.

This page last updated June 14, 2017.