Photo by Lou Buscher - Basha Kill bald eagle and eaglet, 2003 Photo by Alan A. Minkus Photo by Alan A. Minkus

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Raffle of Bob Speziale Flower PortraitBob Speziale Flower

A stunning 11" by 14" giclee photo image, 20" by 24" framed, entitled "Sorbet Dahlia," generously donated by Bob Speziale, will by raffled off at the BKAA's 33rd Annual Cleanup on April 26.

Tickets are $5 apiece and may be purchased at the event or by mailing payment to Paula Medley, BKAA, P.O. Box 1121, Wurtsboro, NY 12790.



Proceeds from this fundraiser will be placed in the BKAA's regular account.


New Edition of Birding Guide to Sullivan County, New York, Including the Bashakill Wildlife Management Area by John Haas
Now Available for Sale!


Reviews of Draft Scoping Document for China City of America (CCA):
Review by Engineer
Review by Ecological Consultant
Comments on CCA Draft Scope by Hydrogeologist
Map on CCA Draft Scope by Hydrogeologist
CCA Draft Scope Letter from Attorney

China City Project Alert, October 2013

Letter from Joseph Murray, NYS DEC Division of Environmental Permits

Photo by Karen Miller, 4-14-13
Photo by Karen Miller, 4-14-13
Wood duck, photo by Swami Achyutananda, 4-22-13
Wood duck, photo by Swami Achyutananda, 4-22-13
Yellow-crowned night heron. Photo by James Carney, 4-20-13
Yellow-crowned night heron. Photo by James Carney, 4-20-13 Rare sighting of this bird at the Basha Kill - only the third official sighting in Sullivan County. Thanks to Danny Messina & Scott Baldinger for the sighting and share.

Archive of BKAA Newsletters - The Guardian from 2011 to 2013

Hunting, Trapping and Fishing at the Basha Kill



A great blue heron takes off over the Basha Kill
Welcome to the Basha Kill Wetlands, a special place of beauty and adventure. Consisting of 3,000 acres, the Basha Kill is home to over 200 species of birds, 30 varieties of fish, including the remarkable, "prehistoric" bowfin; and many plants, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and insects. It is an unforgettable experience to be present when the birds return to the kill in the Spring. The cacophony of sounds is extraordinary. It is always an adventure to watch a Great Blue Heron lift off and fly across the water. In addition to providing flood control and cleansing drinking water" the Basha Kill" the largest freshwater wetland in Southeastern New York, provides a unique and peaceful place for boating, photography, bird watching, painting, hiking, hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, wildflower discovery, cross-country skiing and other outdoor activities.

Least Bittern, male, 2011, John Haas

Least Bittern (male), 2011, John Haas.
The least bittern is the smallest heron
in the world and is critically
endangered in much of its range.




Because of the many acres available to explore, it is always possible to find a quiet place to enjoy. One day you may see a bald eagle flying or diving for food, or come upon a snapping turtle, or be surprised by the bright red of a cardinal flower. The variety and beauty of the Basha Kill will touch your spirit and you will return again and again to this place of peace and renewal. We are so fortunate to have this diverse and amazing natural resource in our backyard.

By Toni Garrett


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