The Rachel C. Gardner Wildlife Sanctuary

The Rachel C. Gardner Wildlife Sanctuary in Mystic includes about 800 feet of shoreline on Wilcox Cove.

Photo by Stanton Simm, courtesy Stonington Land Trust

Editor's Note: This version clarifies that the land was donated by Peter Gardner. The sanctuary is named in honor of Peter and Carol's late daughter, Rachel.  

MYSTIC — The Stonington Land Trust has acquired its first property in Mystic, the Rachel C. Gardner Wildlife Sanctuary.

The land was donated to the land trust by Peter Gardner in memory of Peter and Carol's daughter, Rachel, who enjoyed many outdoor activities. The 5.4-acre property is located on the corner of Route 1 and Latimer Point Road, and includes approximately 800-feet of saltwater frontage on Wilcox Cove.

The sanctuary is open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. Bird sightings on the property have included great egrets to woodland species, as well as night-herons, ospreys and a diverse variety of waterfowl.

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