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Eagle Point Wildlife Management Area guide and map
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Eagle Point Wildlife Management Area is composed of wetlands and grasslands on the shores of Lake Memphremagog along the Canadian border. A nature trail provides easy access through the grasslands, and a second trail ends at a wetland viewing platform. Keep an eye out for grassland birds like bobolink or savannah sparrow, with raptors hot on their tail. The wetland hosts the usual suite of wading birds and waterfowl as well as a great blue heron rookery.
Vermont’s Best Birding Hotspots by Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
The TrailFinder website has a description and map of a hike at Eagle Point Wildlife Management Area.
Birds of Interest
Similar to South Bay Wildlife Management Area located just a few miles to the south, Eagle Point Wildlife Management Area is an important waterfowl production and migration area, particularly for black ducks, mallards, and wood ducks. It’s also an important grassland bird production area. Short hay crop rotations and habitat loss to development throughout Vermont elevate the importance of the 200+ acres of grassland habitat on the WMA. Grassland species include bobolink, savannah sparrow, field sparrow, and possibly vesper sparrow. Also present are a variety of raptors including the northern harrier, osprey, bald eagle, kestrel, red-tailed hawk, barred, and great horned owls. This WMA also provides excellent opportunities to see a variety of wetland and marsh species. Herons, bitterns, snipe, pied-billed grebes, rails, common moorhens, and marsh wrens make up a large portion of the species you will most likely encounter in the marshes of the WMA.
About Eagle Point Wildlife Management Area
Eagle Point Wildlife Management Area (WMA) at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge is a 420-acre parcel located along the eastern shore of Lake Memphremagog on the United States-Canada border, in Derby Vermont. The WMA is located approximately five miles north of Newport City on Eagle Point Road. It is owned by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and managed by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department in partnership.
The property consists of nearly a mile of lakeshore habitat, numerous wetlands, large meadows, hemlock and mixed forest. It supports a great diversity of wildlife including aquatic mammals, waterfowl, grassland birds, and many other wetland and terrestrial species. The parcel offers excellent wildlife-based public use opportunities, and angling access to Lake Memphremagog.
From Eagle Point Wildlife Management Area guide and map