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West Rutland Marsh IBA

West Rutland, Vermont 05777
West Rutland Marsh (Audubon IBA) webpage

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West Rutland Marsh IBA
Coordinates: 43.6129, -73.0593
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About West Rutland Marsh Important Bird Area
West Rutland Marsh is long, narrow and extensive cattail marsh and associated upland fields along the Castleton River just north of the town of West Rutland. It is boardered and crossed by roads on all sides and by old marble quarries on the east. Natural Communities include Cattail Marsh and Buttonbush Swamp.

West Rutland Marsh hosts waterfowl, rails and other wetland birds and provides breeding habitat for several rare and priority species. Most notably perhaps, the elusive Least Bittern (S2), one of Vermont’s rarest known breeders, inhabits the marsh’s cattail edges along with American Bittern (S3). Other important species include Virginia Rail, Sora (S2), Pied-billed Grebe (S2), Common Moorhen (S2) and Blue-winged Warbler (S2). The state endangered Sedge Wren has nested here and Carolina Wren, Blue- gray Gnatcatcher (S3), Yellow-throated Vireo, Bobolink, Marsh Wren and Yellow billed Cuckoo have all occurred here as well.

Parts of the West Rutland Marsh have been protected at both the local and state level, However the marsh has been used perennially as a dump. Rutland County Audubon has conducted annual clean-up days and has initiated “Marsh Appreciation Day” in conjunction with a citizen committee and the town government. A new boardwalk for wildlife viewing was installed in 2003. The proximity of housing and some industry is always a potential source of water pollution. Development is another potential problem for the marsh.
From West Rutland Marsh (Audubon IBA) webpage