Featured Species

Carlton Pond WPA is one of the few wetlands in Maine used by nesting black terns, a State-listed, endangered species. The black tern (Chlidonias niger) population in Maine has been annually monitored since 1990, reporting between 80 and 90 pairs. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife manages black tern habitat by maintaining stable water levels in impoundments, taking efforts to deter predators, and using floating nest platforms. Other species that use the WPA for breeding, nesting, feeding, or migration include American black ducks, hooded mergansers, and common goldeneyes. Canada geese, wood ducks, blue-winged teal, ring-necked ducks, and other waterfowl, osprey, and several species of migratory song birds. Wood duck nest boxes were installed and are now maintained by volunteers.