Additional Wildlife Sanctuaries in the Berkshires
Mass Audubon’s wildlife sanctuary network in the Berkshires includes 6 properties. Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary (Lenox), Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary (Pittsfield), Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary (Sheffield) are ready to be explored with designated parking areas, marked trails, maps, and signage. At Tracy Brook in Richmond, there are no trails, but you can view the sanctuary from the pull-off. At Pleasant Valley, you will also find a nature center with naturalists to help inform your experience.
The other 2 wildlife sanctuaries (listed below) are conserved lands that provide valuable habitats, are ecologically managed, and regularly monitored but not yet "prepared for the public" to visit. We are working to prepare more of our wildlife sanctuaries for public visitation and we will update these pages as as marked trails, parking areas, maps, and signage are provided at these sites.
Cold Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Sandisfield/Otis
The wildlife sanctuary is located in the Lower Berkshire Hills ecoregion, and within an area of conserved land of approximately 2,000 acres or more, including the Granville, Tolland, Otis, Sandisfield, and Cookson State Forests.
The great majority of the wildlife sanctuary is upland forest, spanning Miner Brook, a tributary to the West Branch of the Farmington River. Eastern hemlock is the dominant or co-dominant canopy tree, with eastern white pine and a variety of typical northern hardwood forest species covering approximately one-quarter of the sanctuary. Moose, black bear, beavers, and mink can all be found on this land.
Nearby Places to Explore
Old Baldy Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary, Otis
In the Lower Berkshire Hills ecoregion, the wildlife sanctuary is within an area of conserved land of approximately 2,000 acres. It also is very near to Cold Brook Wildlife Sanctuary and features a spectacular 360-degree vista from its namesake mountain located on this property.
The area hosts wide-ranging animals, including moose and black bear. The steeper, boulder-strewn southern slopes of Old Baldy feature a rich mesic hardwood community. Dominated by sugar maple, and including white ash and basswood, these forests are botanically diverse.