Haas Sanctuary


Haas Sanctuary protects 14 acres of woodland ridge in between Tripp Street and Sheather Road on the eastern edge of the Town of New Castle.

The Sheather Road entrance sign, interpretive trail signs, and benches were all made possible through a grant from the New York City Environmental Fund administered by the Hudson River Foundation. Additional assistance with planning was provided by Campbell Engineering and the Town of New Castle.

All of our sanctuaries are open to visitors free of charge, seven days a week, dawn to dusk.

Sanctuary History
The first seven acres along Tripp Street were initially deeded by the Haas Family to the New Castle Land Conservancy in the early 1970s in memory of George C. Haas. Ownership was transferred to Saw Mill River Audubon in 1975.

Seven additional acres along Sheather Road were donated to Saw Mill River Audubon by the Betts Family of Chappaqua in 2007.

Our sanctuaries are maintained by a part-time caretaker and by volunteers on trail maintenance days. We are also grateful for the continuing oversight of our sanctuary neighbors to let us know about sanctuary concerns and observations. Volunteer Trail Walkers also monitor our sanctuaries.

Saw Mill River Audubon is committed to protecting and restoring the native habitats at Haas Sanctuary for the benefit of birds, other wildlife and people.


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Red-tailed hawks are frequently seen at Haas Sanctuary. They are the most common hawks in Westchester County. Look for the blaze of white on their chest as they sit quietly in nearby trees waiting for a passing squirrel.

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