Our Mission

The Dred Scott Bird Sanctuary is a natural respite with a two fold mission:  to provide a residential way station for migrating birds while promoting the education of youth in conserving green spaces in urban areas. Dred Scott Bird Sanctuary is committed to enriching the lives of its youthful population by providing them with concrete conservation and education programs and services in hope that experi3nces will translate into building of responsible and committed citizens

The 5 W’s on DSBS
Who, What, When, Where, and Why

Who is Dred Scott?
Dred Scott was a slave who was determined to gain his freedom against all odds.  He fought into his middle-aged life and lived in freedom for only nine months before his death.  The bird sanctuary is named after Dred Scott because he is a reminder that we can change our circumstances and make a difference. His strength of mind succeed against all probability is the driving force that fuels Dred Scott Bird Sanctuary.

What is Dred Scott Bird Sanctuary?
The Dred Scott Bird Sanctuary is part of New York City Parks Department.  It sits on Seven and a half acres of parks land in the South Bronx.  Since 1996 it has been home to migrating birds and stunning flora in the Northeastern New York.  DSBS is unique to the Bronx because it is dedicated to educating youth about the importance of neighborhood conservation in hands on leaning environment.

When did Dred Scott Bird Sanctuary begin its mission?
DSBS began in 1996 when two friends: Troy Lancaster and Jim Beer committed to cleaning up a trashed lot abandoned by the city. As they hauled away debris, old tires and refrigerators they began to uncover some of the trees and plant life that flourish in DSBS today. 

Where is Dred Scott Bird Sanctuary?  
We are on East 169th Street and Grant Avenue in the Bronx. New York City. We are a half-mile from Yankee Stadium.


Why we exist?
Dred Scott Bird Sanctuary is a lush green way station for aiding migrating birds along the Northeastern United States. Visitors to DSBS experience relief from the stress connected with urban city life.  This sanctuary is an educational hand on lab for local youth and school groups to discover the wonders of nature, recognize our relationship with and responsibility to maintain conservation efforts in urban areas







DSBS is a not for profit organization dedicated to help aid the migrating bird population over our (part, of North America. We are committed to educating youth about their role in maintaining green spaces.


We were here when green was a color…
now it’s a way of life
Thank you from those at dred scott bird sanctuary

Help us light a candle in the imagination of many




A mythical bird that never dies, the phoenix flies far ahead to the front, always scanning the landscape and distant space. It represents our capacity for vision, for collecting sensory information about our environment and the events unfolding with it. The phoenix,with its great beauty, creates intense excitement and deathless inspiration." - The Feng Shui Handbook, feng shui Master Lam Kam Chuen.











The History

What was formerly an abandoned and trashed lot has been transformed into a stunning and beautiful bird haven set on Grant Avenue in the Bronx, New York.  The Dred Scott Bird Sanctuary is part of the New York City Parks Department.  It sits on six acres of New York City Parks land in the Southern end of the Bronx.  For more than ten years it has been home to migrating native birds. Its ideal geographical location provides a green way station for the many varied migrating birds sighted at DSBS.  They include hawks, blue jays, chickadees, finches, grey catbird, morning doves, cardinals, robins and cowbirds.  DSBS counts a wild turkey as one of its many feathered visitors!

In a ten-year span Dred Scott Bird Sanctuary has serviced the community by offering art workshops and puppet making.  We have introduced mosaic art, aided in the video production of area students and provided the backdrop for photography shoots.  DSBS has welcomed family reunions, tree giveaway and been the host for the annual harvest events by the New York Botanical Garden.

Dred Scott Bird Sanctuary has been recognized for its dedication and commitment to improve the quality of life and ”greening “ of New York City by Government elected officials and supportive agencies:  Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr., Councilmember 16th District, Helen Diane Foster, Partnership for Parks, Citizens for New York City, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx Green Up, Green Guerillas, Parade Magazine, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Chase Manhattan Bank.

Mayor’s Invitation Honoring Volunteerism in New York City; Citizens for NYC 2006 New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods award; Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Volunteer Recognition Award)

Through our dedication and commitment DSBS has recently:

Became part of Councilwoman16th District,  Helen Diane Foster’s Capital budget for 2008

Obtained additional resources to further our out reach and educational goals

Board of Directors

President                      Patricia Grant
Secretary                       Jim Beer
Treasurer                      Julia Harmon           
Acting Director            Troy Lancaster

Upcoming Events

Summer educational workshops focus on conservation in an urban environment. Area students experience hand-on learning.  They explore trees, plants, soil and living things. They learn about environmental issues and the need for balance in our surroundings.