Archive of BKAA Newsletters - The Guardian from 2011 to 2013
Hunting, Trapping and Fishing at 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
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.