Bedford Audubon Society (Katonah, NY)


  • Name:Janelle Robbins

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Bedford Audubon Society
  • Address:35 Todd Road
    Katonah, NY 10536
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:914-232-1999
  • Main fax:914-232-1999

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Bedford Audubon Society is to promote conservation and protection of wildlife habitats in northern Westchester and eastern Putnam counties through education, advocacy, nature study, and birdwatching.

    Our broad organizational goals are to:

    Be the recognized local authority and educator on birds, wildlife, and habitat.
    Manage our wildlife sanctuaries wisely.
    Demonstrate environmentally friendly practices indoors and out.
    Conduct scientific research important to conservation issues.
    Provide high quality environmental education opportunities for adults and families.
    Promote environmentally sound decisions on local, regional, and Atlantic Flyway conservation issues.

  • Overview:
  • Wildlife Sanctuaries

    The Palmer H. Lewis Memorial Sanctuary (Bedford, 24 acres) is characterized by mature mountain laurel, large oaks, and hickories. The woodlands are home to Eastern Coyote, Barred Owl, and Wood Thrush, with a small field for butterflies and Bluebirds.

    The Ruth Walgreen Franklin & Winifred Fels Memorial Sanctuary (North Salem, 205 acres) is low deciduous woodlands, red maple swamp, and shrub swamp, boasting Barred Owls, Wild Turkeys, Chestnut-sided Warblers, Rose-breasted Grossbeaks, Great Crested Flycatcher, Pileated Woodpeckers, Louisiana Waterthrushes, and Worm-eating Warblers.

    The James Ramsay Hunt & Mary Welsh Parker Memorial Sanctuary (Bedford and Lewisboro, 338 acres) has a small wet meadow-pond ecosystem that attracts hawks and Great Blue Herons, deciduous woodlands, and a red maple swamp. Our headquarters, Bylane Farm, is located here. Bylane serves as our offices and housing for our Naturalist, seasonal research staff, and interns; and programming space. Dating to the early 1700s, we’re restoring Bylane using water- and energy- efficient practices to reduce our ecological footprint, celebrate its history, and demonstrate these practices to the public. Bylane also hosts The Leon Levy Native Garden, which showcases native alternatives to non-native and invasive species for homeowners and landscape professionals. Native specimens provide critical shelter and food for birds, butterflies, dragonflies, and other insects.

    The Henry Morgenthau Preserve (Pound Ridge, 36 acres) is nestled against Blue Heron Lake and consists of a small offshore island, wetlands, pond, vernal pools, and several small streams, several wolf oaks, pink lady’s slipper, and rare rattlesnake plantain as well as Belted Kingfishers, Wood Ducks, Ovenbirds, and Pileated Woodpeckers.

    We have conservation easements at 3 properties: the Rose Preserve and the Pine Croft Meadow Preserve owned by the Westchester Land Trust, and North Salem Open Lands Foundation's O’Donohue Property.

    Conservation Research

    The Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) is led by the Institute for Bird Populations. Our MAPS banding data is submitted alongside more than 500 other sites to shed light on the ecology, conservation, and management of landbird populations, and the factors responsible for population changes. A core group of volunteers, interns, and local graduate students assist our Naturalist with the research.

    The Chestnut Ridge Hawkwatch collects data on migrating raptors using protocols established by the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA). The data is collected in the Arthur W. Butler Important Bird Area. The data serves as an ecological litmus test that reflects changes in the health of our environment and enables HMANA and its partners to produce reliable analyses of raptor population trends that drive conservation research and legislation across the country and all of North America. We hire two seasonal research staff to carry out the annual four-month endeavor, now in its third decade.

    We collaborate locally on EagleWatch, a roosting Bald Eagle survey, with the Sawmill River Audubon Society. Our Naturalist and 15 volunteers monitor 4 roosts weekly in the winter. We share the data with Audubon New York for the purpose of monitoring and advocating for Important Bird Areas, and with the NY Department of Environmental Conservation to supplement their eagle monitoring efforts and to facilitate informed decisions that impact the Lower Hudson River Important Bird Area.

    In spring 2014, we are partnering with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and National Audubon on the Wood Thrush Project. The Wood Thrush is an iconic bird species that breeds in the forests of the northeast. A neotropical migrant, the Wood Thrush migrates each fall to Central America to overwinter, before returning north to breed again. Its haunting song heralds in spring, but each year the song grows quieter—its population has plummeted by more than 50% in the past 40 years. This 2-year project will outfit Wood Thrushes with geolocators to will shed light on where Wood Thrush go, and how we can best protect them here and across the Flyway, preventing another silent spring.

    Environmental Education

    We provide a full slate of more than 60 lectures, field trips, nature walks, and workshops for adults, families, and school-age children.

  • History:
  • Since our founding on February 13, 1913, Bedford Audubon has celebrated the natural heritage of the lower Hudson Valley and provided conservation excellence to the communities of northern Westchester and eastern Putnam counties. Bedford Audubon continues, a century later, to promote environmental literacy and education, conduct critical conservation research and citizen science, and advocate for the preservation and protection of wildlife and habitat.

    Bedford Audubon's early members were integral in enacting early conservation measures in New York State and nationally, including the Lacey Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Audubon chapters nationwide collaborated to establish the first National Wildlife Refuge. Today, we continue to advocate for sound environmental decision-making based on the conservation science and ecological economics in our communities, state, and across the Atlantic Flyway.

    Our reputation for providing outstanding environmental education for the public is rooted in history: some of the early notable visiting guest lecturers are conservation giants by today’s measure, including Dr. Arthur Allen, founder of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology; Edward Howe Forbush, Massachusetts State Ornithologist; Allen D. Cruikshank, noted ornithologist and author; Louis Aggazis Fuertes, world-renowned wildlife artist and illustrator; and ornithology pioneer Roger Tory Peterson. We continue this tradition with a monthly lecture series, and more than 50 workshops, nature walks, and field trips.

  • Year established:1913
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:8
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:2


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:13-6220779

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:136220779
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:35 TODD RD
  • Organization City:KATONAH
  • Organization State:NY
  • Organization Zip:10536-2807
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:November, 1991
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):059
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other school related activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:C300
  • Asset Amount:$9,568,418
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$358,764
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$254,049
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 12:00:01 pm

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