Connecticut Audbon Society
Sanctuaries

Sanctuaries

Morgan R. Chaney Sanctuary

Turner Road, Montville

Our sanctuaries are open daily year-round, dawn to dusk.
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Size
Features
Trails

What’s interesting
Birds
Other wildlife
Facilities

Size
266 acres

Features
Second-growth and young forest with wetlands, and a 10-acre shrub-scrub restoration site.

Trails
The trail entrance, on Turner Road, is marked by a Connecticut Audubon sign. There is also an trailhead on Fire Street, which is the easiest access to the shrub-scrub restoration site. 

What’s interesting
In 2017, staff conservationists cleared ten acres in the middle of the sanctuary to create a shrub-scrub habitat for nesting birds such as Blue-winged Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Prairie Warbler, Field Sparrow, and Indigo Bunting.  The populations of each of those have declined significantly since about 1970.

That area also might provide habitat for the rare New England cottontail rabbit.

In 2020, 33 acres were added to the preserve thanks to a donation by Walter N. Wainwright, Jr., of Waterford. The new section slopes toward and helps protect a large swamp in the Thames River watershed, and so it helps protect water quality in the river and in Long Island Sound.

Birds
In addition to the shrub-nesting birds, look for forest species such as Barred Owl, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Wood-pewee, Ovenbird, Hooded Warbler, Great-crested Flycatcher, and Red-eyed Vireo. Acadian Warblers nest along the trail that starts from Fire Street.
Morgan R. Chaney eBird Hotspot

Other wildlife
The rare New England cottontail rabbit lives in shrubby areas in that region of Connecticut, and we will be watching to see if the population expands onto the Chaney preserve. New England cottontails already live on our Larsen preserve in Fairfield, the Croft preserve in Goshen, and in the New York section of Deer Pond Farm.

Facilities
A small parking area on Turner Road and a parking pull-off on Fire Street. No bathrooms.

 

 

 

Our sanctuaries are open daily year-round, dawn to dusk. 

The following are not permitted:
  • Dumping or littering
  • Fishing, hunting, trapping or collecting
  • Camping or fires
  • Biking or other vehicles
  • Dogs
  • Drones
  • Alcohol
  • Commercial uses, vending, and events without a permit
Dial 911 in emergencies.
For non-emergencies, call us at 844-waxwing (844-929-9464)
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