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Mystic River Reservation
Mystic River Watershed Important Bird Area

Medford, Massachusetts 02155
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Mystic River Reservation
Coordinates: 42.4055869, -71.0960054
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Mystic River Reservation–Condon Band Shell Park
Coordinates: 42.4182609, -71.1173344
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Mystic River Reservation–Mystic Riverbend Park
Coordinates: 42.4099914, -71.0995781
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Mystic River Reservation–Torbert McDonald Park
Coordinates: 42.4030518, -71.0882378
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About Mystic River Watershed Important Bird Area
Each spring, starting in mid-May and running through the end of June, there is an impressive run of Alewives and Blueback Herring up the Mystic River and into the Lower Mystic Lake. This creates a tremendous food source for gulls, cormorants, and, most impressively, Black-crowned Night-Herons.
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About Mystic River Reservation
Open year-round, dawn to dusk. The banks of the Mystic River are almost entirely publicly owned, from the Amelia Earhart Dam at the mouth of the Mystic Lakes, making it one of the Commonwealth’s best-protected streams. The river has been much altered since the 1800s when its shores were largely salt marsh.