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    Spencer, New York

    39 Acres | January 15, 1996
    Robyn Nayyar, donor
    Owned in Title

    The Nayyar Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1996 when Robyn Nayyar donated her 39-acre property in Spencer, New York, to the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust for permanent protection. As with all properties owned by the Wildlife Land Trust, recreational and commercial hunting, development and destructive logging practices will forever be prohibited.

    A combination of woodlands and meadows, the Nayyar Wildlife Sanctuary includes a creek that provides a year-round water source for wildlife. Both pine and deciduous trees offer food and shelter to resident and migratory birds and many species of small animals.

    Fall peaks of Canada geese reach over 60,000 birds; in spring this number has exceeded 100,000. Spring migration peaks of snow geese have recently exceeded 100,000 birds. Late fall use by mallards has exceeded 100,000 birds. Use by American black ducks in the fall often reaches 25,000.

    Bald eagles have resided on the refuge since 1986, first producing offspring in 1987. Several pair of osprey also nest on the refuge. There are established nesting colonies of black terns, black-crowned night-herons, and great blue herons. Dewatered refuge impoundments provide significant foraging habitat for shorebirds during the late summer and fall.

    As part of its management strategy, the refuge strives to restore and expand the habitats of six species of declining migratory birds that currently or historically occupied the refuge. Savannah sparrow, bobolink, grasshopper sparrow, upland sandpiper, northern harrier, and short-eared owl are the focus of refuge management.

    The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust holds the title to this sanctuary.  That means HSWLT is responsible for all property taxes and maintenance costs for the property -- every year, forever.  In addition periodic inspections are made to ensure that the wildlife habitat remains in good condition.  These inspections, and the handling of any damage or destruction, cost heavily in professional staff time and travel expenses.

    HSWLT has promised to keep this property as a sanctuary forever -- and that promise will be kept.  If you can help with the cost of stewardship for this and the other properties HSWLT protects, please donate here.

    Birds in Winter

    Whether they are year-round residents or only passing through on migration, our feathered friends can use a little help in cold weather.


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