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Buttercup Farm Audubon Sanctuary

Stanfordville, Dutchess County

male bobolink, panoramic of Buttercup Farm, and Buttercup tower

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Spy up to 80 species of birds as you explore old farm fields and other diverse habitats. Easily accessible old railroad beds on the sanctuary's west side follow Wappinger Creek where riparian plants and waterbirds can be seen. A scenic overlook gives visitors a commanding view of Stissing Mountain and the valley below.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Rolling, open grasslands
  • Mature and second growth woodlands
  • Former orchard
  • Marshy, flooded woodlands

Recreational Opportunities

(entry fee charged; free to Audubon members)

  • Six miles of trails; those on the sanctuary's west side are wheelchair accessible
  • Leashed dogs allowed
  • Scenic overlook
  • Interpretive trail signs and brochures


641 acres

Closest Town



See Google Maps and enter your address for step by step directions to Buttercup Farm Audubon Sanctuary (This link will open a page outside of the DEC website. Hold "Shift" down while clicking on the link to open it in a new window)

Contact Information

Address: State Route 82, Stanfordville, NY 12581
Telephone: 518-325-5203
Website: Buttercup Farm Audubon Sanctuary (This link leaves DEC's website)

Photo credits: Larry Federman