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Wildlife & Habitat

  • Carlton Pond Waterfowl Production Area

    Wood duck box - Kirk Rogers.

    Most of Carlton Pond Waterfowl Production Area is a shallow freshwater pond formed by an earthen dam. Pond waters attract many species of water birds, including common loons, great blue herons, wood ducks, American black ducks, pintails, blue and green-winged teal, cormorants, and others. Bald eagles are often seen, as are ospreys diving into the still waters for fish. Peregrine falcons migrate through the area each year, and are sometimes seen by visitors.

    Many wood duck boxes have been placed in and around Carlton Pond over the years. These duck boxes are maintained by volunteers and are consistently productive, providing canoeists with a close-up view of wildlife activities.

  • Black Terns

    Black tern - Kirk Rogers.

    Carlton Pond is one of the few areas in the state which provides nesting habitat for black terns, which are on the endangered species list maintained by the State of Maine. State and federal non-game biologists and researchers have been monitoring black tern use of Carlton Pond WPA and other areas for several years in an attempt to better determine the species' population status.

  • Wetlands

    American toad - Dave Small.

    The wetlands around Carlton Pond provide habitat for nine species of frogs, toads, and salamanders. After dark in mid-May, the sound of calling frogs and toads can be almost deafening.

  • Non-water Habitat

    Non-Water Habitat

    Non-water habitats at Carlton Pond WPA include wet bog and forested wetlands. Slender blue flag, a species listed as threatened by the State of Maine, has been noted at Carlton Pond.

  • Upland Habitat

    Upland habitat - Kirk Rogers.

    Because upland habitats have been protected from logging for many years, many large trees can be found by visitors willing to seek them out.

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Last Updated: Oct 23, 2013
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