Putnam Highlands Audubon Society

Chapter of the National Audubon Society, Founded in 1976

We Serve New York Putnam and Dutchess Counties








Protecting our Precious Environment through Education, Conservation and Preservation. 

As a chapter of the National Audubon Society, we dedicate ourselves to preserve and maintain those lands and waters that have been entrusted to our stewardship, and to inform and educate the public on issues involving birds, wildlife, and the environment.  

PHAS provides a schedule of programs, including bird walks, educational programs, field trips, and guest lectures.  These programs are intended to appeal to a wide range of interests and ability levels in Beacon, Cold Spring, Garrison, Philipstown and other local towns.

We maintain two New York bird sanctuaries, deRham Watergrass Sanctuary in Philipstown, Putnam County and Reese Sanctuary in New Hamburg, Dutchess County.

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Putnam Highlands Audubon Events 

Here are our Winter Bird Walks and Events. Enjoy nature and learn about our wonderful Hudson Valley bird population. 

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Basics of Bird Identification with Pete Salmansohn a/k/a "Puffin Pete"

March 31st at Desmond-Fish Library

2:00 PM

A classroom educational program for new and experienced bird watchers. Learn new or more ways to identify the beautiful birds in our Hudson Valley at Desmond-Fish Library

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No Registration Is Required

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March - “3rd Saturday” Bird Walk Duck Spotting with Kyle Bardwell Canopus Lake

March 16th, 2019

8:30 am – 10:00 am

Join birder Kyle Bardwell for a stationary observation of migratory waterfowl at Canopus Lake in Fahnestock State Park.

This walk is limited to 25 attendees and pre-registration is required.

Register Here

Photo Credit: Tug 44

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Putnam Highlands Audubon Society Annual Dinner

April 6th, 2019

Believe it or not, spring is just around the corner, and we have already begun planning for our annual dinner. This year it will be held on Saturday, April 6.

Tickets Now On Sale