Friends of Read Wildlife Sanctuary
The Friends of Read Wildlife Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, run solely by volunteers. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extend allowed by law. The Friends are dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, a 179-acre Westchester County Park on Long Island Sound adjacent to Playland Amusement Park and Manursing Lake in Rye, NY. There is a nature center and trails through many habitats, including deciduous and bamboo forests, meadows, marsh wetlands, tidepools, vernal pools, rocky and sandy beach and lake shorelines. The National Audubon Society has designated the park as an Important Bird Area. Membership dues support our activities, habitat management, trails, conservation efforts, and educational programs.
JUST BECAUSE you asked...
Many visitors seem to "ignore" our rules. We think that's because they just don't understand the logic behind them! So we're making an effort to explain WHY here:
1) Dogs are NOT allowed because they leave the scent of a predator and scare away wildlife.
2) Bicycles are NOT permitted on trails because they erode tree roots.
3) Feeding wildlife is NOT allowed because it makes the animals lose fear of humans, leading to aggressive encounters or accidents.
4) Fishing, hunting, and trapping are NOT allowed because the animals are protected in a "sanctuary".
5) Removal plant, animal, or mineral material is NOT allowed because it denudes the park of natural resources.
5) Straying off the trails is NOT allowed because it destroys sensitive habitats (and you might come in contact with poison ivy).
Please note: This is a "carry in, carry out" park, which means you should leave no trace behind when you leave. If you see any garbage, please pick it up and dispose of it in the trash bins. Sometimes the wind blows trash from trash bins back onto our property. Sometimes it just drifts in with the tide. As humans, all of us are collectively responsible for it. Please put litter in its place. Set a good example for your children. Show them that's it's the right thing to do: pick up any trash you see while walking our trails and shoreline. You can make this a better place!