New York

Arthur W. Butler Sanctuary

Welcome to The Nature Conservancy’s Arthur W. Butler Memorial Sanctuary. QR codes along the trail lead guests with Smartphones through an audio tour of the preserve. Download the audio tour.

This 363-acre parcel is the first parcel of land owned by The Nature Conservancy. Local residents fought to protect this land in 1964. The glacial history of the area becomes visible through the rocky ridges and shallow bowls that characterize the landscape.

The stone walls scattered throughout Butler Sanctuary, like the one you see here, are important reminders of the agricultural history of the area.

While traveling along the preserve’s trails, visitors may find the edible wineberries and raspberries.

Students from the LEAF program and other volunteers help systematically remove barberry, an invasive species that displaces native plants and reduces wildlife habitat. Learn more about volunteer opportunities.

This is a deer exclosure found in the preserve. The data extracted from this enclosure examines the impact of deer herbivory on forest health. Notice the difference in the understory inside versus outside the exclosure.

Flying squirrels are the most abundant squirrels in the area, more common than the grey squirrel or the small red squirrel.

Here at the edge of a red maple swamp skunk cabbage dominates the understory. Crumple the skunk cabbage to learn how it got its name!

From The Robert J. Hammerschlag Hawk Watch, look out over Westchester and Connecticut, and on a clear day, see the north shore of Long Island. From here professionals count migratory raptors leaving their summer feeding grounds in order to return to winter habitats. Like what you see?

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