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Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area

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Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area
Newbury, Massachusetts 01922
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Martin Burns WMA
Coordinates: 42.76075, -70.9151
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Martin Burns WMA–RR Bed Track
Coordinates: 42.7804093, -70.9031868
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The TrailLink website has a description and map of a hike at on the rail trail through Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area.

About Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area
Also known as the Downfall Wildlife Management Area, the protected lands of the Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area in Newbury, 1555 acres, are part of the mosaic of protected land conserved throughout the region. The property consists of a hardwood forest with a dense understory. Rocky hills dot the property with 3 small fire ponds. Much of the low area is poorly drained and seasonally wet. Headwaters of Cart Creek and Little River within this property. The property is great for birding, species of note include: Woodcock, whip-poor-wills, warblers, and flycatchers are featured birds during spring migration. Nesting forest residents include thrushes, woodpeckers, ruffed grouse, scarlet tanagers, rose-breasted grosbeaks, and many other songbirds. In the fields watch and listen for indigo buntings, field sparrows, prairie warblers, and blue-winged warblers. Both tree swallows and eastern bluebirds use the many nest boxes found around the property. This place is great for a wide range of nesting species as well.
From Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area webpage