Rheinstrom Hill, Buttercup Farm, and RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuaries and Centers

Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Center and Sanctuary

Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Center and Sanctuary
is a 1,039 acre sanctuary located in the southeastern corner of Columbia County. It provides habitat for many bird species, such as Mallards, Wood Ducks, Great Blue Herons, Red-winged Black Birds, Tree Swallows, and Hummingbirds. It is also habitat for White-tailed Deer, Coyotes, Bobcats and Black Bears. The Rheinstrom Hill Wildlife Sanctuary is a great place for birding, nature walks and hiking. Hundreds of visitors enjoy the beauty of Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Center each year. For more infomation, please contact us at (518) 325-5203.

Directions to Rheinstrom Hill. From the Taconic Parkway exit at Route 23. Proceed east approximately 41/2 miles to Craryville. Turn right on County Route 7. Proceed approximately 11/2 miles to Cambridge Road. Turn left. Continue on Cambridge Road to the Sanctuary entrance. Proceed up the hill to the marked parking area on the right.

 

Buttercup Farm Sanctuary

Buttercup Farm Sanctuary
is located in the northeastern corner of Dutchess County just south of Pine Plains on Route 82. At 641 acres, Buttercup is an area of diverse habitats with rolling, open grasslands, second growth and more mature woodlands, a former orchard and a marshy, flooded woodland. There are six miles of trails throughout the sanctuary. Over 80 species of birds are possible on a good May day. Of special interest are nesting Great Blue Herons, Wood Ducks, Bobolinks and other birds of the field. Both Golden-winged and Lawrence's Warblers are seen periodically. The sanctuary is relatively undeveloped. Open from dawn until dusk, seven days per week. For futher information, please contact us at (518) 325-5203.

Click here for a downloadable bird checklist

Directions: Buttercup Farm Sanctuary is located off Route 82, between Pine Plains and Stanfordville, Dutchess County. From the Taconic Parkway, exit at Route199. Proceed east approximately 5 miles to Pine Plains. Go right (south) on Route 82 approximately 5 miles. Just past Attlebury Road (County Route 88), on the left is the parking lot for Buttercup "East". For Buttercup "West", continue south on Route 82 , take next right, Stissing Lane. At end of road, go right. Sanctuary driveway is a short distance on the right.

To make a secure online donation to Buttercup Farm Santuary, click here and thank you!


RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary

RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary
Located in the Village of Catskill, this compact sanctuary contains over 436 acres of tidal marsh and swamp, upland forests and fallow farm fields. Access to the Hudson River is possible by canoe or kayak via the RamsHorn Creek. RamsHorn-Livingston contains the largest tidal swamp in the northern Hudson River estuary. Audubon New York and Scenic Hudson cooperatively own and manage the property.

There are numerous educational programs conducted on the property. School groups attend field trips with lessons on a variety of topics. Badge programs and field trips are also held for local Girl Scout and Boy Scout dens. Bird watching programs are offered regularly with sightings of Bald Eagle, a variety of waterfowl, resident and migrant songbirds.Many species of other wildlife are a common occurrence, as well as many common wetland flowering plants. For more infomation, please contact us at (518) 325-5203.

Directions to the RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary: Take the New York State Thruway (I-87) to Exit 21. Turn left onto Rt. 23B and stay straight until you reach Route 9W. Turn right on Rt. 9W South. From Rt. 9W, turn left (east) onto Grandview Ave., drive around the circle and down the hill to the Sanctuary.

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Spring Migration Series 2014:

Perching Eagle

"Birds and Breakfast 101"

Learn Basic Birding Techniques and More!

Audubon New York and Scenic Hudson are joining forces once again to offer a Spring Migration Birding Series at the RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary.

The Series will begin on Wednesday April 16th at 7:30 am, and then continues for five more weeks concluding on Wednesday May 21st.

These walks will focus on learning birding skills - bird identification by sight and sound. Participants will have an opportunity to observe spring migrants in a variety of habitats including uplands, tidal marsh, creek, and woodlands. Spring wildflowers will be popping up and ID'd as well.

Join Audubon New York's Education Coordinator Larry Federman and Scenic Hudson educators on these early morning birding walks. The walks will begin at 7:30 a.m. sharp and will be approximately three hours in duration.

After each walk, join us for coffee, snacks, and natural history discussion at the observation tower.

Birding walks will occur rain or shine. In the event of torrential rain, the walk will be cancelled. Please wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Tick precautions, such as tucking pant legs into socks and applying bug repellent to shoes and pants, are recommended.

The RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary is located on Dubois Road, off Grandview Avenue, in the Village of Catskill.

Your donation of $5 each per session, or $25 for the entire series, goes towards our annual Birdathon.

To reserve your place (recommended since dates sometimes change) and/or for more information, please contact Larry at (518) 678-3248 or lfederman@audubon.org.

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David Wheeler, Warden

Larry Federman, Education Coordinator

David Wheeler, III, Assistant Warden

Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Center
Buttercup Farm Audubon Center
RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary
P.O. Box 1, Craryville, NY 12521
(518) 325-5203

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