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Bashakill Wildlife Management Area
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.
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Mongaup Valley Wildlife Management Area
Description: Our national symbol, the bald eagle, is the star of this wilderness with its mixture of forests,reservoirs and river habitat, where the majestic birds nest and overwinter.

Wildlife to Watch: Look for migrating raptors--bald eagles, goshawks, turkey vultures, red-tailed, red-shouldered and sparrow hawks along with great-horned, barn and screech owls. Other birs present are woodcocks, redhead, ring-necked and canvasback ducks. Other animals include white-tailed deer, black bears, porcupines, gray and red foxes, otters, beavers, coyotes, eastern timber rattlesnakes and spotted salamanders.

Special Tips: The Mongaup Valley Bird Conservation Area includes all of the Mongaup Valley Wildlife Management Area, and consists of a series of reservoirs, the Mongaup River, and creeks flowing through the Mongaup River Valley to the Delaware River. The river corridor is surrounded by relatively undisturbed and forested rolling hills. The area hosts one of the largest Bald Eagle wintering sites in the state, and also supports several active eagle nests.

Other Activities: Eagle observation buildings on County Route 43 and Plank Road are accessible for persons with disabilities (Visitors should immediately enter the buildings from the parking lot to avoid disturbing the eagles) Hiking, hunting, fishing and boating (no motors).

Ownership: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 
Size: 13,000 acres 
Closest Town: Fowlerville

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Bald Eagle - photo by USFWS
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Mongaup Valley Wildlife Management Area : Wildlife Viewing Area