Chernick Sanctuary is a small wetland parcel of six acres in the Town of Mount Pleasant off Beech Hill Road. There are currently no maintained trails. Chernick Sanctuary was the first sanctuary owned by Saw Mill River Audubon.
Saw Mill River Audubon holds an access easement over the adjacent Con Edison property from the corner of Briarwood Lane and Beech Hill Road.
Chernick Sanctuary was donated to Saw Mill River Audubon by the Chernick family in 1962 as part of the development process of the Briarwood Lane neighborhood.
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Great-crested flycatchers nest at Chernick Sanctuary because if offers an abundance of tree cavities and borders the Pocantico River. Chernick Sanctuary protects riparian, or river-edge, wetland habitat.
A very small sanctuary like Chernick may not appear, at first, to have a high value for birds, other wildlife or people but its value is magnified because it is linked to adjoining properties and nearby, larger open spaces. Chernick Sanctuary's protected wetland collects and absorbs stormwater flow which helps to prevent flooding and filter sediments.
Saw Mill River Audubon 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.