Helderberg Bird Conservation Area

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Albany County Towns of Berne, Rensselaerville, and Knox.


Helderberg Bird Conservation Area consists of 6,594 acres of Partridge Run WMA and State Forest, Knox (Burke) WMA, and Cole Hill State Forest. It is an upland complex that includes hardwood and conifer (plantation) forests, young regenerating forests, old fields, shrub lands, reverting farmland, wooded swamp, shrub wetlands, and numerous ponds and wetlands.


Some of the species of interest include American Woodcock, Ruffed Grouse, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Towhee, Prairie Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, as well as a wide variety of forest warblers and songbirds, winter finches. Woodland raptors include Northern Goshawk (special concern).

Visitor facilites

Visitor facilities in the vicinity

Management Plan

Helderberg BCA Management Guidance Summary


  • Art Johnson, DEC Region 4 Wildlife Manager: 607-652-7367
  • Peter Innes, DEC Region 4 Forestry Manager: 607-652-3613