Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Giant Swallowtail in Wildlife Management Area

Giant Swallowtail - Papilio cresphontes

We will be searching for the host plants of this butterfly the next few months.  Prickly Ash and Common Rue are the most likely larval food in our area.  Records indicate this butterfly has never been recorded on the property.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Columbus Day Volunteers

 Great weather for our volunteers to help clean up the Sunrise Terrace Area.  
 Of course, we always have time for a little nature study.
 We found a "little" stag beetle larvae in the wood chips.
Thanks to all who came out and helped. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

End of Summer Camp Fun

A great group participated in Westmoreland's End of Summer Camp last week.  Activities included; making garden stepping stones, hiking, catching frogs and fish, a visit to the ChestnutRidgeHawkwatch and campfire building and cooking.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Shakespeare Success!

With a fabulous cast and crew drawing a sell-out crowd of over 400 we can safely declare our first production of Shakespeare in the Sanctuary a success!
Everyone is eagerly awaiting the next production.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Dragonfly and Butterfly Survey

Silver-Spotted Skipper

Halloween Pennant
Eastern Amberwing
Eastern Pondhawk
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Hummingbird Moth


Widow Skimmer

Praying Mantis

Swamp Darner

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Summer Conservation Mornings

Helping hands make for light work, so we encourage our friends and neighbors to come and help out on Conservation Mornings. This is also a good way to learn how to make your own property attract and encourage wildlife, as well as identify problems in their early stage. Remember to bring gloves, a hat, and water. We will meet at the nature center and carpool to the Wildlife Management Area. We will leave the nature center promptly at 7 am, so please arrive early.

Conservation Mornings 7-10 am
July 1, 15, 29 and August 5, 12

We will be working on projects such as fencing rare plants, identifying and mapping invasive species, turtle monitoring, and field clearing. If you are interested in being a regular volunteer for any of these conservation projects on other days during the summer and fall, I will hold conservation training sessions on June 25th and 27th from 8 am to 11 am for volunteers. Please email our Director Of Conservation and Wildlife Management at for inquiries.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wild Suburbia Project

Bobcat captured on remote camera at Westmoreland Sanctuary
Over the past few decades, our suburbia has been getting wilder. Bobcats, coyotes, fishers, foxes, and black bears all call Westchester and Fairfield home.

However, not much is known about exactly where they live (e.g. Are there bobcats in Rye? Coyotes in Yonkers?) or when they first appeared. The Westmoreland Sanctuary, Teatown Lake Reservation and the Mianus River Gorge have joined forces in the Wild Suburbia Project to address these two questions. And they are turning to local residents to find some answers. Project coordinators are enlisting citizen scientists to provide information about where and when these animals have been seen.

“We’re eager to get a better picture of where these species are being observed in Westchester and Fairfield,” said Project co-coordinator and Westmoreland Sanctuary naturalist Adam Zorn. “After collecting bobcat sightings from around Westchester County for the last 8 years, we’re looking forward to developing a more thorough understanding of where they are carving out a living in this suburban landscape. And except for the coyote, these species were found historically in our area. They were originally driven out by human activities. The ones coming back have learned to live with us. That is fascinating.”

Zorn, along with Chris Nagy and Mark Weckel of the Mianus River Gorge will be hosting a series of workshops to launch the Wild Suburbia Project ( 7pm on April 4 at Teatown Lake Reservation, April 18 at Westmoreland Sanctuary, April 25 at Greenburgh Nature Center, and May 2 at Rye Nature Center). “We are inviting the public to attend these events, learn about these new critters, ask us questions, and find how to participate in our project. We need as many people as possible to get involved and tell us about their wildlife sightings for this study to work.”

Joining the project is very easy. Participants can easily register for the project by filling out an initial survey regarding the presence or absence of each of the species at their place of residence at (or in paper if they attend the workshop). Upon completion of the initial survey detailing any past sightings, participants will be able to report any new sightings of the five target species from any location in the NYC metropolitan area. “The Mianus River Gorge has used similar methods to map coyote and owl habitat, but never five species at once,” said Dr. Chris Nagy of the Mianus River Gorge. “We are very excited to be teaming up with Westmoreland on this project.”

Once residents begin to submit their residence surveys, sightings maps for each of the five target species will be displayed on the Project website. The website is also a wealth of information regarding proper identification of each species and natural history notes. More information on the Wild Suburbia Project and the animals being studied can be found at

The Mianus River Gorge, located in Bedford, NY works to protect and promote appreciation of the natural heritage of the Mianus River watershed through land acquisition, conservation science, research, and education throughout the region.

Westmoreland Sanctuary is a non-profit nature center and 640-acre wildlife preserve located in the Towns of Bedford and North Castle, NY. Established in 1957, the Sanctuary works to promote nature appreciation, preservation, and conservation for the present and future benefit and enjoyment of the public.

Further information regarding this project can be found by contacting Adam Zorn, Naturalist - Westmoreland Sanctuary at (914)666-8448 or Chris Nagy, Staff Biologist - Mianus River Gorge at (914)234-3455. To reach the project authors for questions and general inquiries related to the Wild Suburbia Project, please send an email to