Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary is on the floodplain of the Wallkill River at the western edge of the village of New Paltz. The sanctuary, owned by the Thomas & Corrine Nyquist Foundation, is open to the public. There is a pleasant trail (which may be flooded after heavy rains) through a grassy meadow and stands of water-loving trees. Marsh species–Sora Rail, Snipe, Empidonax flycatchers and even a Sedge Wren have been found here. Orioles and Common Yellowthroats nest. In the fall, many sparrows visit the Community Gardens adjacent to the Sanctuary. On autumn nights listen for Great Horned and Screech Owls. Bluebirds and woodpeckers stay all winter.
Directions: Heading west through New Paltz on Main St. (SR 299), turn right (north) just before the bridge over the Wallkill River. Take the first left toward the water treatment plant, and park in the public lot. Walk north along the river past the Community Gardens to enter the sanctuary.
Latitude, Longitude: 41°45’00″N, 74°05’20″W
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