Putnam Highlands Audubon Society

A Chapter of the National Audubon Society, Founded in 1976

We Serve New York Putnam and Dutchess Counties

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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.


Putnam Highlands Audubon Events 

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


Birdathon 2019

May 11th - 12th, 2019

Birdathon is your local Putnam Highlands Audubon Society’s fundraising appeal, providing us with nearly all of our operating funds.  On May 11th for 24 hours our teams will seek out as many bird species as possible, surveying throughout the Hudson Valley!  Our birders are again dedicating their efforts to the memory of three stalwarts: Jim and Doug Rod and Marty McGuire.

Your Support Helps Sustain Our Many Programs

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May “3rd Saturday” Beacon Bird Walk!

Madam Brett Park to Dennings Point State Park

Saturday, May 18 8:00 – 10:00 am

Putnam Highlands Audubon Society Board members Brian Rubino and Kyle Bardwell will lead a walk from Madame Brett Park to Dennings Point State Park. The route will hug Fishkill Creek and overlook a wetland complex at its mouth. Spring migration will be well underway! A southern breeze or an overnight shower could flood the area with neo-tropical arrivals including American Redstarts, Common Yellowthroats, and Black and White Warblers. Sporting their bright, fresh, breeding colors, these birds are not to be missed. Barred Owls have been known to roost in the ruins of the old hat factory and Red Shouldered Hawks are a regular sight along the way – not to mention the town’s own resident Bald Eagles! Participants should bring their own pair of binoculars and a curious spirit. Registration is required.

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 April “3rd Saturday” Bird Walk at Constitution Marsh

Birding experts and naturalists from Putnam Highlands Audubon Society (PHAS) and Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary (CMACS) lead a wonderful guided walking tour of CMACS.

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