Wildlife & Habitat

  • American Woodcock

    American Woodcock

    Scolopax minor 

    Occasionally seen during the spring.
    - Spend most of their time on the ground in brushy, young-forest habitats, where the birds' brown, black, and gray plumage provides excellent camouflage.
    - Live in wet thickets, moist woods, and brushy swamps. Ideal habitats feature young forest and abandoned farmland mixed with forest. In late summer, some Woodcock roost on the ground at night in large openings among sparse, patchy vegetation.
    - There is a possibility visitors might spot these birds. However, as stated previously, they are good at camouflage.

  • Blanding's Turtle

    Blanding's Turtle

    Emys blandingii 

    - Occasionally seen during the spring and summer seasons and less to an extent in the fall.
    - Its general habitat is wetlands with clean shallow water. It is known to bask on logs, and will wander far from water, particularly when nesting. Younger turtles may bask on sedge and alder hummocks.
    - Visitors may see this animal on refuge property.

  • Blue Spotted Salamander

    Blue Spotted Salamander

    Ambystoma maculatum 

    - Occasionally seen during late March or April.
    - Mixed woodlands with slow moving streams, swamps, or vernal pools. Adults spend their time underground or under logs, boards, or stones.
    - Visitors may see the Blue Spotted Salamander
    - *Warning* Poisonous. Be aware.

  • Wetlands


    Some areas of wetland on the refuge are experiencing invasion by non-native species, including the common reed (phragmites) and purple loosestrife.Active management of these invasive species has been initiated using a host-specific beetle on the loosestrife and water level changes for the phragmites. Additional control methods are being evaluated.