Mass Audubon Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

Date Visited: June 1, 2016

Location: 127 Combs Rd, Easthampton, MA

Hours:

Trails & Restrooms:
Daily, dawn to dusk

Visitor Center
Mon-Thurs, 9 am – noon
Fri, 9 am – 3:30 pm
Sat, 9 am – noon
Sunday seasonally

Cost:

Members: Free
Nonmembers:
$4 Adults
$3 Children (2-12)
$3 Seniors (65+)

A year long pass for new members cost me $32 for a “family” pass which includes two named adults living in the same household and their children or grandchildren under the age of 18 to free admission.  It usually costs $65.  The levels of passes can range from an individual ($48) to patron ($500).  Check their website or call them for more details.

Parking:  Parking was abundant.  There were some events for children going on when I went and there was room for everyone to park there.

Dog Friendly: No pets are allowed.  So leave Fido at home!

Highlights:  miles of trails, observation tower, lots of wildlife, great blue heron rookery, camps, programs, classes and activities (particularly for children), friendly and helpful staff

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

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Located about 20 minutes north of Springfield, MA and  just over an hour and a half west of Boston, MA, Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary is teeming with a variety of wildlife.  Some of the wildlife you see may surprise you.

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I had never been so close to a deer, at least not in the wild.  I was close enough to almost pat her.  It was almost unreal to be so close to such a beautiful animal and  not scare her off.

According to the staff member I spoke to about this doe, this particular doe was not an original resident of the sanctuary.  But, due to over development of the area and other factors, she has found her way to the sanctuary.

The 5 mile loop is well marked (remember the yellow path leads back to the visitor center).   There is an observation tower on the main trail (to the right of the trail).  It was pretty shaky but it gave some great views.

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On the walkway to the tower, I made a friend.  This immature redtail hawk is another animal that wasn’t originally at the sanctuary.  But, he or she has made a home there and the bird didn’t seem to shy until I got too close when he or she flew off onto a tree branch.

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Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautiful park.  Even if you’re not into photography, birding or looking for wildlife you would still enjoy a scenic hike on the trails.

There are two markers on a pole next to the observation tower displaying the levels of two of the big floods in the area (the floods of 1936 and 1984).

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I was a little disappointed too not see any turtles, frogs or other critters.  But, I saw and heard lots of chipmunks.  Either the last chipmunk in the right hand corner is very long or I should have changed my photo settings.  I thought it looked funny so I kept it!

Audubon sanctuaries are always a safe bet for a fun time at a clean and well maintained park with a lot of wildlife and Arcadia was no different.

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About New England Nomad

Hi I'm Wayne. Welcome to my blog. I am a true New Englander through and through. I love everything about New England. I especially love discovering new places in New England and sharing my experiences with everyone. I tend to focus on the more unique and lesser known places and things in New England on my blog. Oh yeah, and I love dogs. I always try to include at least one dog in each of my blog posts. I discovered my love of photography a couple of years ago. I know, I got a late start. Now, I photograph anything that seems out of the ordinary, interesting, beautiful and/or unique. And I have noticed how every person, place or thing I photograph has a story behind it or him or her. I don't just photograph things or people or animals. I try to get their background, history or as much information as possible to give the subject more context and meaning. It's interesting how one simple photograph can evoke so much. I am currently using a Nikon D3200 "beginner's camera." Even though there are better cameras on the market, and I will upgrade some time, I love how it functions (usually) and it has served me well. The great thing about my blog is you don't have to be from New England, or even like New England to like my blog (although I've never met anyone who doesn't). All you have to like is to see and read about new or interesting places and things. Hopefully, you'll join me on my many adventures in New England! View all posts by New England Nomad

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