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Marshlands Conservancy, Edith G. Read, and Rye Playland Park
Marshlands Conservancy is a 151-acre wildlife sanctuary with both ecological and cultural value. The sanctuary encompasses the largest tidal marsh system in Westchester County. Its five distinct habitat types (meadow, forest, salt marsh, shore, and ponds) are a haven for hundreds of species of birds, which is why it is designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. The setting is also popular as a quiet getaway from the surrounding suburban setting. The Marshlands site is part of the Boston Port Road National Historic Landmark District, which includes the 1838 Peter Augustus Jay House, part of the estate of Founding Father John Jay. Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary is a 179-acre park that supports thousands of migrant and wintering shorebirds and is recognized by the National Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area. Its miles of trails provide excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing and fishing, and the many environmental programs at Read and Marshlands alike are educational for the whole family. Additionally, the adjacent Rye Playland Park is one of the only government-owned amusement parks in the state and is an exciting venue for a family excursion.
Near the sites, the City of Rye and environmental groups have further protected the ecological resources in the area and enhanced recreational opportunities with the acquisition of the one-acre Bird Homestead along the Blind Brook. The Long Island Sound Futures Fund assisted in the acquisition.
Protecting the Bird Homestead along the tidal portion of Blind Brook in Rye will help to ensure the protection of one of Long Island Sound’s inaugural Stewardship areas, the Edith Read-Marshlands Stewardship Area in Rye.