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Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary
Description: Located in New York’s westernmost county, Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary has miles of trails through fields and forests. Boardwalks take you through marsh and swampland. Diverse habitats provide ample opportunities to see many types of wildlife. At the center’s “Windows on Wildlife” area, you can watch comfortably from indoors as birds and other animals visit the feeders just outside.

Wildlife to Watch: Ponds and marshes host Canada geese, mallards, wood ducks and green and great blue herons. Red-winged blackbirds and tree swallows also frequent the wetlands. Catbirds, eastern phoebes, pileated woodpeckers, hooded warblers and purple finches appear in the woods. Forest margins and fields are home to eastern bluebirds and common yellowthroats. Turkeys and ruffed grouse roam both forests and fields. Broad-winged, red-tailed, red-shouldered, Cooper’s and sharp-shinned hawks are seen during the day, while great horned owls are seen and heard at dusk when they begin their nocturnal hunts. American woodcock are most likely to appear at sunset.

White-tailed deer, eastern gray, red and eastern fox squirrels, eastern chipmunks, woodchucks and cottontail rabbits are frequently seen. You may occasionally see a red or gray fox or coyote too. Muskrats are often observed in the wetlands.

Reptiles found in ponds and wetlands include painted turtles, snapping turtles, northern water snakes and common garter snakes. Amphibians commonly seen include green, bull and leopard frogs, as well as a variety of salamanders. Colorful varieties of dragonflies and butterflies are also a delight to watch.

Special Tips: Trails are open from dawn to dusk, year-round. The building is open from March through October, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. During the winter, the building is closed Tuesday through Friday, with some exceptions. There is an admission fee to the building for non-member adults.

Some accessible features, including a nature trail.

716-569-2345, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown, NY 14701,

www.jamestownaudubon. org

Ownership: Jamestown Audubon Society 
Size: 600 acres 
Closest Town: Jamestown

RestroomsParkingHikingVisitor CenterHandicap AccessibleFeeDrinking Water

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Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary
Please see map link below

Driving Directions:
From downtown Jamestown and points north, take NY-60 south until it ends at a traffic light just south of Jamestown, NY. Turn right onto US-62 toward Warren, PA. Turn left onto Riverside Rd. (about 3 miles from the intersection). The center is on the left.

Map Link

Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary : Wildlife Viewing Area