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
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.
Jamestown, NY 14701,
Ownership: Jamestown Audubon Society
Size: 600 acres
Closest Town: Jamestown
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: