Natural Resource Monitoring at Saratoga NHP

Sweeping fields of Saratoga NHP
Scenic fields of Saratoga NHP

Diane Cordell



Established in 1938, Saratoga National Historical Park is where American forces defeated British troops in the autumn of 1777, a key victory in the American Revolutionary War. The crucial American victory renewed patriots' hopes for independence, secured essential foreign recognition and support, and forever changed the face of the world. Because of the incredible impact caused by the American victory in the Battles of Saratoga, they are known as the "Turning Point of the American Revolution," and are considered by many historians to be among the top 15 most important battles in world history.

The park is located in Stillwater, New York, 30 miles north of Albany, and approximately 500 feet above sea level. Its lands consist of low hills with flat-bottomed valleys to the west, and an upper and lower terrace with the Hudson River floodplain to the east. Saratoga County is underlain with unconsolidated deposits on the surface and bedrock formations thousands of feet thick below. At 3,406 acres, the park is predominately mixed and deciduous forest with open fields. A mixture of fresh water wetlands totaling over 170 acres also exists in the park.

Long Term Monitoring Programs in the Park


Air Quality Reports

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1187. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.


Breeding Landbird Reports

Source: Data Store Saved Search 2272. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.


Forest Health Monitoring Reports

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1189 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.


Invasive Species Reports

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1458. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.


Water Quality reports

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1168. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.


Park Basline Inventories

The Inventory and Monitoring Program provides guidance, funding, and technical assistance for parks to complete a set of 12 baseline, or "basic", natural resource inventories. These basic inventories are common to all parks with significant natural resources, and are intended to provide park managers with the minimum information needed to effectively manage the natural resources of their park.


Park Species Lists

Species lists are available from NPSpecies, the National Park Service's tool for documenting park biodiversity. Keep in mind that these species lists are a work-in-progress. Changes and updates are made as more species are shepherded through a rigorous vetting process. The absence of a species from a list produced with the tool below doesn't necessarily mean the species is absent from a park.

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Saratoga NHP Bird Checklist
Download a comprehensive bird checklist for the park.

Non NPS Citizen Science Opportunities in the Park

Bird observations from eBird

Saratoga NHP has been set up in eBird as a birding "hotspot". Help the park bolster bird data by adding your bird obsevations to eBird when you visit the park.

Download and print off a Bird Checklist for the park. The bird list was created using data from the volunteer run NETN Breeding Landbird Monitoring program, eBird observations, and NPSpecies information.

Species observations from iNaturalist

Learn how you can contribute to iNaturalist

View Saratoga NHP data on iNaturalist website


Saratoga NHP Science Stories

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    Last updated: January 13, 2020