About the Basha Kill Area Association (BKAA)

– E. Knieriemen

Since our founding in 1972, the BKAA mission has been to protect the Basha Kill wetlands and surrounding area from ecological degradation, to promote education and respect for the environment in general …

About the Basha Kill

– K. Kreischer

The Basha Kill lies in the valley between the Shawangunk Mountains and the Catskills, flowing south from about Summitville to join the Neversink River below the wetlands, and on to the Delaware River…

The Bashakill Wildlife Management Area

The WMA has grown to include approximately 3,107 acres. In 1972, the State of New York, through the Department of Environmental Conservation, purchased over 2,000 acres for the Wildlife Management Area.

New York State has been protecting wildlife since 1895. Almost 200,000 acres of land have been purchased throughout the State and are designated as “Wildlife Management Areas.”..

Join the BKAA

All memberships run from July 1 through June 30. All members are crucial in our efforts to protect the Basha Kill Wetlands. We thank you for your support.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 26, 8 am

Meet walk leader John Haas at Haven Road Parking Lot (on left coming from Route 209). Bring binoculars and a scope if you have one. We should see an array of early ducks, geese and mergansers. We will go to the Main Boat Launch when finished at Haven Road walking the Birch Trail to view […]

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Saturday, April 9, 9:30 am - 12 noon

Mamakating Environmental Education Center 762 South Road (Corner of South & Haven Roads), Wurtsboro or Zoom The BKAA seeks volunteers for their popular spring/summer Nature Watch Program. If you love nature, are willing to share your passion and have a few week-end hours to offer, then you’d make a great addition to our Team! In […]

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Saturday, April 23 through Sunday, June 26, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Join trained BKAA Nature Watch volunteers at South Road boat launch to learn more about the many residents of this amazing wetland. View nesting bald eagles and other birds. Equipped with two powerful spotting scopes and lots of information, volunteers will help you know the Basha Kill better. Bring your children, other family members and […]

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If you think there has been a violation of DEC regulations or laws, please use the following contact information for assistance. DEC Law Enforcement Contact Bashakill WMA>>