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Buckner Memorial Natural Area at Bald Mountain

Birding in Vermont

Buckner Memorial Natural Area
The Nature Conservancy
Important Bird Area

West Haven, Vermont 05743
Buckner Memorial Natural Area webpage
Poultney River and East Bay IBA webpage
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Buckner Mem. Preserve/Bald Mtn. – Poultney River/East Bay IBA
Coordinates: 43.5754609, -73.4089707
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Tips for birding Buckner Memorial Natural Area
Birdwatching in Vermont, pp. 78-79.

About Buckner Memorial Natural Area
The Helen W. Buckner Memorial Natural Area at Bald Mountain is the largest and most ecologically diverse natural area managed by The Nature Conservancy in Vermont. It is home to 65 rare or uncommon plant and animal species and 20 distinct natural communities. Peregrine falcons nest on the cliffs of Bald Mountain and the area includes floodplain and upland forests, marsh habitat, three miles of undeveloped Lake Champlain shoreline, and wetlands along the Poultney River.

From the fields of the old Galick farmstead, there is a sweeping vista of mountains, wetlands, and the southern end of Lake Champlain. Bald Mountain rises out of the hayfields like a whale emerging from the deep. The river-like southern end of Lake Champlain and its wetlands trail below, while the South Bay and Saddles Mountain in New York lie beyond the mountain.

There are two main trails here: the Susan Bacher Memorial Trail (2.5 miles) and Tim’s Trail (2.8 miles), with a one-mile trail that connects the two. Brochures are available at the trail kiosks. Please wear boots and long pants and watch out for snakes.
From Buckner Memorial Natural Area webpage

Buckner Memorial Natural Area lies within the Poultney River and East Bay Important Bird Area.