Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge
Island Pond, Vermont 05846
Mollie Beattie Bog Trail (TrailFinder) webpage
Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge website
Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge brochure
Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge map
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Birdwatching in Vermont, pp. 115-116.
Tips for birding Mollie Beattie Bog
The TrailFinder website has a description and map of a hike using the Mollie Beattie Bog Trail.
About Mollie Beattie Bog Trail
The Mollie Beattie Boardwalk is a self-guided, 200-foot, wheelchair-accessible boardwalk and trail. The trail starts with a packed stone dust surface and then transitions to an elevated boardwalk over the bog. The whole trail is 5+ feet wide. Among the most significant black spruce woodland bogs in Vermont, Mollie Beattie Bog has been recognized as a state significant site. It contains one of the largest populations of bog sedge, which is a rare plant in Vermont. Mollie Beattie was the first female Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
From Mollie Beattie Bog Trail (TrailFinder) webpage
About Nulhegan Basin Division
The Nulhegan Basin Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge consists of more than 26,600 acres of conifer and deciduous forest interspersed with forested wetlands, peatlands, and shrub swamps, and contains three of the four tributaries of the Nulhegan River. These lands are nested within a working forest landscape exceeding 150,000 acres. Located just a few miles south of the Canadian border, the basin’s vegetation most closely resembles that of the northern Appalachian Mountains, interspersed with elements of the boreal forest to the north. This division is known for abundant songbirds, particularly boreal species and warblers, and has been designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. It is open to the public for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, environmental education, and interpretation.
About Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge
The Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge was established in 1997 to conserve, protect and enhance the abundance and diversity of native plant, fish, and wildlife species and the ecosystems on which they depend throughout the 7.2 million acre Connecticut River watershed. Currently, the refuge is comprised of nearly 40,000 acres within parts of the four watershed states of New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
The refuge includes ten divisions and twelve units that represent a wide variety of unique habitats such as: northern forest valuable as nesting habitat for migrant thrushes, warblers, and other birds; rivers and streams used by shad, salmon, herring, and other migratory fishes; and an internationally significant complex of high-quality tidal fresh, brackish and salt marshes. Many opportunities exist for visitors to explore the diverse landscapes of the Connecticut River watershed.
From Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge website