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Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center
Stony Kill Farm EEC is an education center dedicated to enhancing environmental awareness and appreciation of the natural world. This facility includes over 1000 acres of rolling country side, farmland, ponds, woodlands, meadows, cultivated fields, and fallow fields. Located in Dutchess County in...
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Bashakill Wildlife Management Area
Description: One of the largest freshwater marshes in the state, the Bashakill is a premier viewing area for wetland wildlife. Surrounded by upland woods, the site provides ample opportunities for terrestrial wildlife viewing as well.

Wildlife to Watch: White-tailed deer abound. Other mammals-you may only see traces of them-are beaver, muskrats, and otter. Watch for green and great blue herons hunting in the shallows and for osprey and bald eagle soaring overhead. Common moorhen nest among the water plants. Expect to see belted kingfisher rattle by overhead. Many migratory duck species use the marsh to nest or rest.

Special Tips: May is the busiest viewing month.

Other Activities: The Bashakill WMA provides several ways to view wildlife: from the car, by boat (electric motors only), by canoe, on foot along an old railroad right-of-way with two observation towers, or along the D&H Canal towpath.

Ownership: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation 
Size: 2175 acres 
Closest Town: West Brookville and Wurtsboro

Facilities:
ParkingCross Country SkiingHikingBoat LaunchSmall BoatsBicycling

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummerFallWinter

White-tailed Deer - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
On Route 17 in Sullivan County in southeastern New York, exit at Wurtsboro. Take Route 209 south for 1.5 miles.

For more information call 914-256-3098.

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