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Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary

Rye, Westchester County

deer, cormorants, rocky shoreline

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Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary is an official Audubon "Important Bird Area" and hosts a large variety of species-from wintering ducks and osprey to owls and migratory songbirds. A spotting scope will help pick out birds on Manursing Lake and the Long Island Sound.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Interpretive trails
  • Nature center
  • Lookouts
  • Duck blind

Recreational Opportunities

(Access to the sanctuary is possible by becoming a member of the Friends of Read Wildlife Sanctuary Inc.)

  • Hiking
  • Birding
  • Kayak launch
  • Playland next door


179 acres, including 85-acre lake

Closest Town



Go to Google Maps, and enter your address for step-by-step directions to Edith G. Read Sanctuary. (This link will open a page outside the DEC website. Hold the "Shift" key down, and click on the link to open it in a new window.)

Contact Information

Telephone: 914-967-8720

Address: Playland Parkway, Rye, NY 10580

Website: Westchester County Parks (This link leaves DEC's website)

Photo credits: Friends of Edith Read, June Marie Sobrito