Our Sanctuaries

Town Of Goshen

6 ½ Station Sanctuary • 62 acres • 88 6 ½ Station Road, Goshen NY 10924

We bought this sanctuary. In 1981 the Chapter received a loan of $25,000 from the National Audubon Society’s Whittell Fund, for the purchase of a 62.3 acre marshland site at 6 1/2 Station Road in Goshen, New York. The general public, and thousands of bird watchers, have already visited it. The Sanctuary is now listed in Susan R. Drennan’s Where to Find Birds in New York State: The Top 500 Sites. The site is bounded by the Heritage Trail and has big yellow signs indicating the approximate corners of our property. There is a circular path leaving from the parking area. It has three spurs. One spur goes down to the marsh for a closer look at the cattails. The second spur goes up to the bench adjacent to the road. The third spur continues downhill to a platform for viewing the birds in the trees and on the water. In addition to the platform and the bench near the road there are three benches on the loop trail. Soon there will be a fourth near the kiosk for people who are not up to walking.

Town of Warwick

Long Swamp Sanctuary • 161 acres • 216 Walling Road, Warwick NY 10990

For driving directions use GPS coordinates 41°15’49.6″N 74°26’38.8″W and then continue another 0.5 mile.

Access to the sanctuary is not maintained for winter driving. The sanctuary is closed whenever there is snow on the ground. 

This sanctuary is accessible from Walling Road at the intersection with Prices Switch Road. Drive east about a mile down Walling Road to the dead end where you will see our parking area and sanctuary signs. There is no parking allowed along the road until you get to our parking area. There is a wide trail for continuing on foot down about 1/10 mile to the wetland to check out the marsh birds. Please stay on the path as there are few signs to show you the boundaries. There are no side trails.  NOTE: About half a mile in, the pavement will end and the road will continue as a private dirt road. Although this is where the GPS coordinates bring you, just keep driving slowly through the open red gate and follow the dirt road the last half mile to our signs. The dirt road is passable. Although rough and pot-holed, it runs through private property. Please respect our neighbors and drive very slowly.

Town of Warwick

Stony Creek Sanctuary • 40 acres • 26 Spanktown Road, Warwick, NY 10990

This easily accessible sanctuary has a small parking area at 26 Spanktown Road. There is a well defined path from the parking area that leads to a small rustic bridge that crosses over Stony Creek. From the bridge there is a lovely, well maintained path that passes along the creek and then through wooded and open meadow areas and then circles back to the bridge.  There are several spurs that leave the main trail and lead to interesting viewing areas.  We hope to acquire some benches soon to put in the viewing areas.

Town of Warwick

Norman Brook Sanctuary • 27 acres • 35 Southwycke Lane, Warwick NY 10990

This sanctuary is divided by Southwycke Lane. A short path from the parking area leads to a bench by the small pond near a lovely sounding dam, a nice place for quiet enjoyment of nature and possible water bird sightings. On the other side of the pond you can find a couple of Adirondack chairs donated by our members.

Town of Montgomery

Muddy Kill Sanctuary • 14 acres • Corbett Road, Montgomery NY 12549

This sanctuary was donated to us. It is undeveloped and is adjacent to the Muddy Kill which flows into the Wallkill River in the Town of Montgomery Benedict Farm Park. It has no sign and no number but as you go northwest on Corbett Road it is on the right with a guard rail. There is currently no parking area and there are no trails.