April 2017

Vol. 45, No. 2

Birding Essex County, Vermont, Part 2: Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge and Wenlock Wildlife Management Area

Thomas Berriman

(also see: Birding Essex County, Vermont, part 1)

The northern section of Essex County, Vermont, includes two of the best boreal and warbler birding locations in the state: Moose Bog in the Wenlock Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge’s Nulhegan Basin Division. While there is plenty of wilderness to explore throughout the area, you will have good access for driving to the heart of these two places. You can access this northern section by a paved road along its perimeter. See the map of Northeast Essex County for an overview. Route 114 from the Village of Island Pond connects with Route 102 in the northeastern corner of the state and then returns to Island Pond westerly by Route 105. During the fall months, the ponds that abut Route 114 along the Canadian border provide resting stops for most species of migrating waterfowl.

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