New Canaan Audubon Society Bird Sanctuary  --  Wahackme Road
Wahackme Road, New Canaan, Fairfield County, Connecticut


US 287 east to get onto Merritt Parkway north; get off at exit 36; turn right onto Hoyt/Weed Street heading north; head into New Canaan Station to a left turn onto  Wahackme Road.  Drive about 1.0 mile. The Park is located on the right just past Wahackme Lane.  We parked across almost across from house #242. 


10/25/2005.  On a cool, clear morning, Ceferino Santana, dog Sonar and I parked almost directly across from house #242.  There is no signage here.  There are no trails here.  Most of the land is swamp.  There is a little upland on the east and west sides, but not much.  We walked on the west side of the Sanctuary. It was not too hard to bushwhack through the area.  There are houses above the swamp all along the way.  As we approached the north side of the bird sanctuary private property stopped us from going any farther.  Turned back to return to the car.  Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.  

Dr. Patrick L. Cooney
* = plant found in bloom on date of field trip, 10/25/2005

Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)
Carya sp. (hickory)
Castanea dentata (American chestnut)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus alba (white oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)

Shrubs and sub-shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Chimaphila maculata (spotted wintergreen)
Clethra alnifolia (sweet pepperbush)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Ilex verticillata (winterberry holly)
Ligustrum sp. (privet)
Lindera benzoin (spicebush)
Lonicera morrowii? (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Mitchella repens (partridgeberry)
Pachysandra terminalis (pachysandra)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry)
Vaccinium sp. (a low bush blueberry)
Viburnum acerifolium (maple-leaf viburnum)
Viburnum sieboldii (Siebold's viburnum)

Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Dioscorea villosa (wild yamroot))
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaf greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort) 
Aster cordifolius (heart-leaved aster)     *
Aster divaricatus (white wood aster)     *
Chenopodium album (pigweed)
Pilea pumila (clearweed)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed)     *
Polygonum virginianum (Virginia knotweed)
Ranunculus hispidus var. caricetorium (swamp buttercup)
Rumex obtusifolius (broad dock)
Solidago caesia (blue-stem goldenrod)     *
Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage)
Viola sp. (violet)

Setaria glauca (yellow foxtail grass)

Lycopodium obscurum (ground pine)
Athyrium thelypteroides (silvery gladefern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Osmunda regalis (royal fern)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas fern)
Thelypteris noveboracensis (New York fern)