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Wild Bird Sanctuaries in Northeastern US

June 2010. For updates:

Eastern Shore Sanctuary
Springfield, VT

Berkshire Bird Paradise Sanctuary
43 Red Pond Road
Petersburgh, New York 12138
(518) 279-3801

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary
35 Van Wagner Rd
Willow, NY  12495

Farm Sanctuary
3100 Aikens Road
Watkins Glen, NY 14891


The Great Swamp became a National Wildlife Refuge in 1960. It was nearly paved over for an airport, but thanks to the efforts of well-heeled and well-informed locals, it is preserved as a natural treasure for everyone. The Great Swamp Committee raised over one million dollars to purchase the first 3,000 acres and turned them over to the Department of the Interior. The Refuge now encompasses 7,000 acres of grasslands, hardwood swamps, and cattail marsh.
A designated Wilderness Area (the eastern half of the Refuge) is accessible only on foot via an 8-mile trail system.
The Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is intensively managed to benefit resident wildlife. Native species are planted, and nesting boxes and other nesting structures are provided to encourage wildlife to — well, nest here. Public access in the WMA is limited to an Observation Center, blinds, one mile of trails, and interpretive displays.
Both the Morris County Outdoor Education Center and Somerset County Environmental Education Center — both bordering the Swamp — offer natural science programs for adults and children. The Great Swamp is located roughly seven miles south of Morristown, NJ.
For more information, contact:

Refuge Manager
Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Pleasant Plains Road
R.D. #1, Box 152
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Morris County Outdoor Education Center: 973-635-6629

Somerset County Environmental Education Center: 973-766-2489

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