Friends of Read Wildlife Sanctuary
The Friends of Read Wildlife Sanctuary (FRWS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, run solely by volunteers. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extend allowed by law. The Friends are dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, a 179-acre Westchester County Park on Long Island Sound adjacent to Playland Amusement Park and Manursing Lake in Rye, NY. There is a nature center and trails through many habitats, including deciduous and bamboo forests, meadows, marsh wetlands, tidepools, vernal pools, rocky and sandy beach and lake shorelines. The National Audubon Society has designated the park as an Important Bird Area. Membership dues support our activities, habitat management, trails, conservation efforts, and educational programs.
Aerial views of the sanctuary during the Fall Fest 2014 set-up, before the crowds arrived. Photo by Frankie Gonzalez.
Special thanks ro Jana Seitz and Cynthia Howard for organizing such a fabulous event! Thanks also to the many board members and volunteers that helped in too may ways to list here. Thank you to all of you who donated to this fundraiser. Your efforts and generosity are very much appreciated.
Join/renew and receive/reactivate your FRWS parking pass. Renewals made in the fall are credited to the next year. To find out more, click the link MEMBERSHIP
Volunteer Work Days are Saturdays 10am-2pm To find out more, click on the link VOLUNTEER
To see our events, click on the link UPCOMING EVENTS
photo by Joe DeMarte.
WANNA KNOW WHY?
Many visitors seem to "ignore" our rules. We think that's because they just don't understand the logic behind them! So we're making an effort to explain why these activites are not allowed:
1) No Dogs. Why? It has nothing to do with how friendly/mean your dog is, or whether it is leashed! Dogs leave the scent of a predator and scare away wildlife.
2) No Bicycles. Why? Bike tires erode tree roots on trails. Please park them at the bike rack and enjoy walking in on foot.
3) No Feeding Wildlife. Why? It makes the animals lose fear of humans, leading to aggression & accidents that can harm you or the animals.
4) No Fishing, No Hunting, and No Trapping. Why? It harms the animals that are supposed to be protected in a "sanctuary". This protected area includes the lake and bridge over the tide gate. Please tell anyone you see fihing there to STOP!!
5) No Removing Plant, Animal, or Mineral material. Why? It denudes the park of its natural resources. This includes animal bones, which are gnawed on by rodents in the winter to obtain needed calcium.
6) No Straying off the Trails. Why? It destroys sensitive habitats (and you might come in contact with poison ivy).
Please note: This is a "carry in, carry out" park. This means you should leave no trace behind when you leave. If you see any garbage, please pick it up and dispose of it in the trash bins. Sometimes the wind blows trash from trash bins back onto our property. Sometimes it just drifts in with the tide. As humans, all of us are collectively responsible for it. Please put litter in its place. Set a good example for your children. Show them that's it's the right thing to do: pick up any trash you see while walking our trails and shoreline. Together, we can make this a better place!