Bird Club Pond

Joseph A. Blake Wildlife Sanctuary

Town of Rutland – Jefferson County, NY

Joseph Blake Wildlife Sanctuary fall trees

Thanks to a donation in 2012 by the North Country Bird Club to the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust, we own and manage this special place for recreation, education, and wildlife conservation.

The 144-acre property is located in the town of Rutland, just minutes from Watertown and offer 5 miles of trails perfect for kids as well as those who may want gentle trail experience.

The property is named after the Bird Club Member who found the land and currently offers opportunities for walking, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and wildlife observation.

Trail maintenance and improvements are handled by volunteers in partnership with our land trust staff as we work to improve access and expand the trail system.

Programs & Events

Regular programs are offered free at the site thanks to the support of our members and donors. If you’d like to volunteer to help with trails or wildlife habitat improvements let us know by emailing Lina Gibbs at or calling 315-779-8240. Check out our events calendar for scheduled programs

Outdoor Education

Tug Hill Tomorrow hosts a variety of guided walks throughout the year. School groups and other groups can contact THTLT for information on special outdoor educational programming. Learn about education opportunites

31241 Middle Road
Watertown, NY
315-779-8240 (Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust)

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