The Keep Conservation Foundation preserve in Germantown, New York is a 143 acre parcel of rivers, woods and old farm fields. Our mowed paths provide an accessible walk through the preserve where many species of breeding, nesting and resident birds can be see throughout the years. With the help of a WHIP grant (Wildlife Habitat Initiative Project) from the Department of Agriculture, we have been able to bring back the old farm fields from encroaching woody vegetation thereby encouraging the nesting of field birds such as the Blue-Winged and Prairie Warbler, Savannah and Field Sparrow, Eastern Blue Birds as well as many other species. Butterflies, dragonflies, turtles, reptiles, amphibians and small mammals also benefit from this protected habitat. With the help of biologists from the Department of Agriculture, we have planted grasses to attract Bob-o-links and Eastern Meadowlarks, both of which are seriously threatened in New York State.
The preserve is open from dawn to dusk seven days a week for walking, nature observation and photography.
REVISED TRAIL MAP
Directions: Take the NYS Thruway to Exit 19 (Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge). Follow signs to bridge, continuing across bridge to the 2nd light where the road ends in a "T". Make a left onto Route 9G and continue north for 9 miles to Germantown High School. Make a left at the light onto County Rte. 8 (Main Street). Continue for 1.7 miles. Just past the Rockefeller Historic House on the left there is a sign at the entrance and parking lot to Keep Conservation Property.
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