Site Description
The Poultney River/East Bay IBA is located on the western side of Vermont at the southern end of Lake Champlain in the town of West Haven. This peninsula of land, sometimes referred to as "The Knob" is surrounded on 3 sides by water. The Poultney River flows in from the east wrapping around the peninsula and then entering Lake Champlain. As a result extensive wetland marshes surround 1080 foot high Bald Mountain and adjacent lowland forest and fields. Vermont Natural Community types include Red Cedar and Dry Oak woodlands, Dry Oak-Hickory-Hophornbeam Forest, Open Talus, Cattail and Deep Bulrush marsh and Lakeside Floodplain Forest.

Birds
Bald Mountain is home to one of Vermont's breeding pairs of state endangered Peregrine Falcons which are monitored annually. In addition the adjacent marshes are home to waterfowl such as Black and Wood duck and contain several priority marshbird species including Least (S2) and American (S3) bittern and Common Moorhen (S2). Other species found here include Golden-winged Warbler (S2), Blue Gray Gnatcatcher (S3),Whip-poor-will (S2) as well as a full compliment of landbird species known to breed in VT.

Conservation
This majority of this IBA is under the ownership of The Nature Conservancy. Also located here is the Ward Marsh Wildlife Management Area which is owned and managed by the state. As a result the upland and associated wetlands are protected and managed for wildlife. Research and monitoring include Forest Bird Monitoring Project and annual monitoring of Peregrine Falcons. Problems include invasive species and water pollution from agricultural runoff.

Ornithological Summary

Bald Mountain is home to one of Vermont's breeding pairs of state endangered Peregrine Falcons which are monitored annually. In addition the adjacent marshes are home to waterfowl such as Black and Wood duck and contain several priority marshbird species including Least (S2) and American (S3) bittern and Common Moorhen (S2). Other species found here include Golden-winged Warbler (S2), Blue Gray Gnatcatcher (S3),Whip-poor-will (S2) as well as a full compliment of landbird species known to breed in VT.

Conservation Issues

Threats: Water pollution, invasive species, human disturbance

Problems include invasive species and water pollution from agricultural runoff.

Ownership

This majority of this IBA is under the ownership of The Nature Conservancy. Also located here is the Ward Marsh Wildlife Management Area which is owned and managed by the state.

Habitat

Site Description
The Poultney River/East Bay IBA is located on the western side of Vermont at the southern end of Lake Champlain in the town of West Haven. This peninsula of land, sometimes referred to as "The Knob" is surrounded on 3 sides by water. The Poultney River flows in from the east wrapping around the peninsula and then entering Lake Champlain. As a result extensive wetland marshes surround 1080 foot high Bald Mountain and adjacent lowland forest and fields. Vermont Natural Community types include Red Cedar and Dry Oak woodlands, Dry Oak-Hickory-Hophornbeam Forest, Open Talus, Cattail and Deep Bulrush marsh and Lakeside Floodplain Forest.

Habitats:Forest, marsh, field and cliff

Land Use

Land Use: Wildlife Conservation, agriculture, research

Research and monitoring include Forest Bird Monitoring Project and annual monitoring of Peregrine Falcons.

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