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Whipstock Hill Wildlife Management Area

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Whipstock Hill Wildlife Management Area
Bennington, Vermont 05201
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Whipstock Hill WMA
Coordinates: 42.8906179, -73.2650757
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Birds of Interest
Several species of waterfowl, such as the black duck, wood duck, and mallard, use the wetland for feeding, nesting, and migratory stopovers. Other marsh-loving birds that might be seen are great blue heron, kingfisher, red-winged blackbird, and eastern kingbird.

About Whipstock Hill Wildlife Management Area
Whipstock Hill Wildlife Management Area is a 425-acre parcel owned by the State of Vermont and managed by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. Vermont Agency of Transportation purchased the land and transferred it to Fish & Wildlife as mitigation for deer wintering habitat that was lost in the Bennington bypass construction. The parcel is located in the town of Bennington. It can be accessed on the eastern boundary from Walloomsac and Whipstock Roads. Both accesses are undeveloped.

Whipstock Hill WMA was acquired in 2008 from the Vermont Agency of Transportation as mitigation for deer wintering habitat lost during the construction of the Bennington bypass. The property is adjacent to the New York State border and has a history of iron mining associated with the Burden Iron Works believed to be in operation during the 1860s-70s. Remnants of stone walls throughout the parcel point to an agricultural past as well.

Whipstock Hill is located in the Taconic Mountains and has a diversity of habitats. This parcel is noted for its deer wintering area and a significant geological feature is known as a Wildflysch Conglomerate (rocks with a strong and often folded foliation in a slate or schist matrix surrounding blocks of varying size and rock type). Whipstock wetlands, located along the eastern section of the parcel, comprise 80 acres and are a class two-state significant wetland. The forest surrounding the wetlands is dominated by early succession species, unfortunately including a host of exotic species. The upper elevations are less disturbed and dominated by a mature forest consisting of red oak, white oak, sugar maple, red maple, shagbark hickory, and bitternut hickory. Several plantations of mature pine are scattered throughout the parcel.
From Whipstock Hill Wildlife Management Area guide and map