RAMSEY HUNT SANCTUARY
North Salem Road, Katonah, Westchester County, NY


Directions:

From I-684 get off at exit 6 for NY 35 marked "Cross River/Katonah;" head east (toward Cross River) 1.9 miles (just before green mileage marker 21 52); turn left onto North Salem Road; drive 0.4 of a mile to a small parking area on the left side of the road, before you come to the sanctuary sign. (It is located across the street between houses #107 and #111).


History:

Owned by the National Audubon Society and managed by the Bedford Audubon Society.

"The original gift of land was made to the National Audubon Society by neighbor and member James R. Hunt of Bedford in memory of his late son of the same name. There were several subsequent smaller donations of land made by other members of the Hunt family, creating what we know as the current Hunt Sanctuary. Mary Welsh Parker of Todd Road, Katonah (Lewisboro), made a generous gift of her 120-acre property and farmstead to Bedford Audubon Society in 2001."   (http://www.bedfordaudubon.org/sanctuary/sanct04.html)

2001 -- the children of the late Jack and Louisa Baur (Jean, Art and Susan), formerly of Mount Holly Road, recently established a memorial endowment fund for the specific purpose of maintaining trails and other amenities at the Sanctuary.


Habitats:

oak-hickory woods; beech forest; swamp


Trails:

The trails are very confusing here and they should provide a trail map of the place at the kiosk.


The Jack and Louisa Baur Memorial Trail was dedicated on October 19, 2002. The trail starts from Todd Road in Lewisboro and connects to the blue trail of the Ramsey Hunt Sanctuary.

8/16/03 -- Followed the white trail north for awhile; went west on the blue trail; it goes a long ways west passing yellow, red and white trail connections; then the blue trail heads north; gave up following the blue trail and took an orange trail to the white trail which put us back on the blue trail and we headed straight back to the kiosk and then to the parking lot.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney


Trees:
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Amelanchier arborea (shadbush)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya ovata (shagbark hickory)
Carya tomentosa (mockernut hickory)
Castanea dentata (American chestnut)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Juniperus virginiana (red cedar)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Ostrya virginiana (American hop hornbeam)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Pyrus sp. (crab apple)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Tilia americana (American basswood)
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry) out of control here
Chimaphila maculata (spotted wintergreen)
Clethra alnifolia (sweet pepperbush)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus) 5/27/93
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly)
Ligustrum sp. (privet)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush) with green berries
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Rhododendron viscosum (swamp azalea)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry raspberry)
Vaccinium sp. (lowbush blueberry)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry) with developing berries
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood viburnum)
Viburnum trilobum (highbush cranberry viburnum) 5/27/93 leaves felty underneath

Vines:
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet) 5/27/93
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper vine)
Smilax rotundifolia (roundleaf greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vincetoxicum nigrum (black swallowwort) 5/27/93
Vitis aestivalis (summer grape)

Herbs:
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard) 5/27/93
Amphicarpaea bracteata (hog peanut)
Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)
Cimicifuga racemosa (bugbane) -- lots of it on the hillside
Epifagus virginiana (beechdrops)
Galium sp. (cleavers)
Geranium maculatum (wild geranium) 5/27/93
Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed)
Hieracium sp. (a hairy hawkweed)
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed)
Lapsana communis (nipplewort) 8/16/03
Lycopus sp. (water horehound)
Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)
Monotropa uniflora (Indian pipe)
Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)
Plantago major (common plantain)
Podophyllum peltatum (may apple)
Potentilla sp. (cinquefoil) 5/27/93
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed) 8/16/03
Polygonum hydropiper (water pepper) 8/16/03
Polygonum sagittatum (arrow-leaved tearthumb) 8/16/03
Polygonum virginianum (Virginia knotweed)
Prenanthes sp. (lettuce)
Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaf crowfoot)
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion)
Thalictrum pubescens (tall meadowrue)
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell)
Viola sororia (common blue violet) 5/27/93

Rushes:
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Sedges:
Carex laxiflora type (loose-flowered sedge type)
Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)
Carex stricta (tussock sedge)
Scirpus atrovirens (dark green bulrush)

Grasses:
Anthoxanthum odoratum (sweet vernal grass)
Cinna arundinacea (wood reedgrass)
Dactylis glomerata (orchard grass)
Elymus hystrix (bottle-brush grass)
Elytrigia repens (quack grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass) lots
Panicum clandestinum (deer-tongue panic grass)

Ferns:
Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)
Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern)
Lycopodium digitatum (southern ground cedar)
Lycopodium obscurum (ground pine club moss)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Osmunda regalis (royal fern)
Polypodium sp. (rockcap fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)
Thelypteris palustris (marsh fern)