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West Mountain Pond
West Mountain Wildlife Management Area
Maidstone, Vermont 05905
West Mountain Wildlife Management Area webpage

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West Mountain Pond – Maidstone (60 acres)
Coordinates: 44.6889401, -71.6634952
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About West Mountain Pond
West Mountain Pond may be accessed from West Mountain Pond Road in West Mountain Wildlife Management Area.

West Mountain Pond (60 acres) is a site for the Vermont LoonWatch annual survey. Birders are encouraged to volunteer as often and whenever they are able. See Join LoonWatch for details.

About West Mountain Wildlife Management Area
West Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 22,971-acre parcel of land owned by the State of Vermont and managed by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Located in the towns of Maidstone, Ferdinand, and Brunswick, the WMA ranges north from Maidstone Lake to Route 105 and east from South America Pond to the Connecticut River. Access is available along miles of dirt roads. The main entry points are South America Pond Road off Route 105, and Maidstone Lake and Paul Stream Roads off Route 102.

Elevations on the WMA range from 2,733 feet on West Mountain to 1,100 feet along the lower stretches of Paul Stream. The terrain varies from high-elevation spruce-fir to lowland bogs. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has identified 14 species of plants listed as rare or endangered and eight sites of ecological significance on the WMA. The property encompasses nine major ponds, over 75 miles of streams, and many diverse wetland complexes.

The variety of forests and wetlands provides habitats for neotropical migratory birds. Extensive tracts of both hardwood and softwood forests offer nesting habitats for many species that are experiencing population declines due to habitat fragmentation and loss throughout their range.

The many ponds, streams, and beaver impoundments provide habitat for nesting and migrating waterfowl, including Goldeneyes, Ring-necked, Black, Wood, and Mallard Ducks, and Common and Hooded Mergansers.

Common Loons nest on Maidstone Lake and West Mountain Pond and two pairs of Ospreys also nest in the vicinity of these two water bodies. Extensive forested stands of spruce-fir provide critical habitat for boreal species such as the Gray Jay, Black-backed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee, and Bay-breasted Warbler.
From West Mountain Wildlife Management Area webpage