Richard G. Croft Memorial Preserve
East Street North, Goshen
Our sanctuaries are open daily year-round, dawn to dusk.
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Birds of the Croft Preserve
Upland hardwood forest, hemlock groves, managed young forest and shrub habitat, bogs, swamps and beaver pond.
Directions via Google
Note that the preserve entrance is not well marked. It is on the right as you drive north on East Street North.
Unmarked. The Croft sanctuary is primarily managed for wildlife, and trails are very muddy and steep in places, making them challenging to navigate. There is a long logging road trail that leads from the parking area to the interior, and passes the large habitat restoration area.
Connecticut Audubon manages about 15% of the preserve as young forest or shrub-scrub habitat, for mammals such as New England cottontail and birds such as Brown Thrasher, Blue-winged Warbler, and Indigo Bunting whose populations are declining in New England. The land was clear-cut in the early 2010’s. Some timber was removed but many branches and limbs were left to provide habitat for insects and amphibians; brush piles were created as cover for birds and mammals.
Raptors include Red-shouldered Hawk and Red-tailed Hawk; Northern Goshawk has nested in the preserve in the past. Acadian Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Brown Creeper, and Winter Wren are among the more northerly species that nest on the preserve.
Ovenbird, Black-and-White Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Blue and Black-throated Green warblers, and Yellow-rumped Warbler have all been found on the preserve during breeding season.
The Croft Sanctuary is one of three Connecticut Audubon preserves that harbor known populations of the rare New England cottontail rabbit (the Larsen Sanctuary in Fairfield and the New York portion of Deer Pond Farm are the others). The New England cottontail is a habitat specialist, unlike the more common eastern cottontail, and requires areas of thick shrubs and tangles. The two species of rabbit are almost identical looking.
There is a small unmarked parking area along the road. No bathrooms.