Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast Region
P.O. Box 240
2756 Dam Road
Errol, NH 03579
(603) 482-3415

Bird Surveys

A family of common goldeneyes. Credit: Mary Konchar
A family of common goldeneyes. Credit: Mary Konchar  

Marsh Bird Survey

Starting in early June, observers visit Harpers Meadow , Sweat Meadow, Leonard Marsh and the Dead Cambridge River to record activity of target marsh birds. Target species are Virginia rail, sora rail, American bittern, common snipe and pied billed grebe. Virginia rail and common snipe are the most frequently encountered species. Each marsh is visited 3 times between June and July every year.

Land Bird Survey

Observers walk a route and stop at designated points to record all birds seen or heard. The survey data will be used to identify birds occurring on the Refuge during the breeding season, to associate species with habitats, to monitor changes in bird populations, and to help make appropriate management decisions. The most abundant land bird species thus far are red-eyed vireo, ovenbird, hermit thrush, winter wren, magnolia warbler, northern parula, white-throated sparrow, yellow rumped warbler, common yellowthroat and Swainson's thrush.

Migration Surveys

During the spring and fall migration, surveys are conducted on waterfowl and shorebirds migrating through the area.

Amphibian Surveys, Bat Surveys, Boat Activity Survey, Terrestrial Amphibians and Small Mammal Survey, Vegetation Surveys, Winter Carnivore Survey

Last updated: November 23, 2009