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Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Birding in Massachusetts

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Massachusetts Audubon Society

87 Perkins Row
Topsfield, Massachusetts 01983
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary webpage
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Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary (Mass Audubon)
Coordinates: 42.62481, -70.90903
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About Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Ipswich River offers 12 miles of trails that invite you to explore the forests, meadows, wetlands, drumlin, and esker. Whether exploring by foot or paddling down our namesake river, you will marvel at the diversity of wildlife, especially bird species—the sanctuary is part of the Eastern Essex County Interior Forest Important Bird Area.

At Ipswich River, you can explore 12 miles of interconnecting trails that wander through forests, meadows, and wetlands.

Following the paths will take you to a vernal pool, an observation tower, along boardwalks, up a drumlin, and on top of an esker. Don’t leave before paying a visit to our unique rockery, which was constructed in 1905. This grotto of narrow passages and caves is perfect for kids (and adults) who love to climb!
From Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary webpage