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 NY 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.
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 4½ miles to Craryville. Turn right on County Route 7. Proceed approximately 1½ 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
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 Sanctuary, click here and thank you!
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.
The RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary is located on Dubois Road, off Grandview Avenue, in the Village of Catskill.
Click here for a downloadable bird checklist
Spring Birding Migration Series begins April 15, 2015.
Click here for info about the 2015 Spring Migration Birding Series
Guided paddles are a great way to observe birds and other wildlife in their own habitat. At RamsHorn-Livingston Sanctuary, we have a host of guided paddles for the summer and fall designed to help participants understand more about the habitat needs of some of our most precious birds and wildlife. For a complete schedule of events, see below.
Click here for the Summer/Fall 2015 Guided Interpretive Paddle Schedule
David Wheeler, Warden
Larry Federman, Education Coordinator
Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Center
Buttercup Farm Audubon Center
P.O. Box 1, Craryville, NY 12521