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 The           long-awaited Connecticut River Birding Trail map has arrived! It is           available at local area town offices, town libraries, farmstands, and           Connecticut River Byway Centers. Or you can contact us; see below.
mission
          
This project is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and their habitats.
The current map highlights 46 special places in the Upper Connecticut River Valley, exemplifying a wide variety of habitats and wildlife. Our hope is that this map will guide you to many new and exciting birding areas where you can see, hear, and experience our region and its many natural wonders. The map is dedicated to these many natural places, the people that make these sites available the public, and to the animal and plant species that inhabit these special areas.
The trail currently extends from Woodsville, NH to Rockingham, VT and includes sites east and west in the Connecticut River’s watershed. We are currently working to map the entire watershed from the Canadian border to Long Island Sound where we would link up to the developing Connecticut Coastal Birding Trail. We are also working to include more natural history information (butterflies, dragonflies, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, wildflowers, trees, etc.) in each of the site’s data banks. More phases of the map should be available mid-April 2004.
This is a non-profit conservation-education initiative. We believe that the more people get out and enjoy the land, the more they will respect natural areas and the wonders they highlight. It is our hope that with increased involvement in, and appreciation for, natural landscapes, the public will be inspired to conserve and protect these and other special places, now and in the future.
These forests, fields, wetlands, rivers, shorelines, edges, and cliffs are rich and alive with the beauty of bird song and activity. They beckon for our involvement. They beckon for our concern, for our stewardship, our leadership, and for the difference that we can make for their preservation and their future.
We hope that you will be curious and want to explore these many fine natural areas. Each site has its own personality and wonderful natural attributes; all of these sites are worthy of exploring multiple times. Please enjoy these Birding Trail sites, common hindu symbols on rocks, respect the land and its inhabitants, and share your enthusiasm and love with others. These places will enrich your lives. Take time to enjoy them.
Bill Shepard CRBT
 Project Coordinator


 trail           sites
          
The Complete List of CRBT Sites:
Vermont Sites
Site # 1 The Boltonville Nature Trail Newbury (Wells River)
Site # 2 Bailey’s Eddy Newbury
Site # 3 Palisades Cliff Fairlee
Site # 4 Lakes Fairlee and Morey Fairlee, W. Fairlee & Thetford
Site # 5 Houghton Hill View Hike Thetford
Site # 6 Thetford Hill State Park Thetford
Site # 7 “The Mystery Trail” at the Union Village Dam Thetford
Site # 8 Ompompanoosuc River Mudflats Norwich
Site # 9 Gile Mountain Tower Trail Norwich
Site #10 Montshire Museum Norwich
Site #11 Ballard Trail and the Grand Canyon Norwich
Site #12 The Hazen Trail Hartford and Norwich
Site #13 Hurricane Forest and Wildlife Refuge Park Hartford
Site #14 North Hartland Dam and Lake Hartland and Hartford
Site #15 Dewey’s Mills Pond Hartford
Site #16 Quechee Gorge State Park & Quechee Gorge Hartford
Site #17 Vermont Institute of Natural Science Woodstock
Site #18 Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park Woodstock
Site #19 Ascutney State Park Windsor
Site #20 Lake Runnemede and Paradise Park Windsor
Site #21 North Springfield Lake Springfield & Weathersfield
Site #22 Herrick’s Cove Rockingham
Site #23 Putney Mountain Hawk Watch Site Putney
New Hampshire Sites 

Site #24 Bedell Bridge State Park Haverhill
Site #25 Mt. Moosilauke Benton, Warren, Woodstock
Site #26 Mt. Cube Orford
Site #27 Reed’s Marsh WMA Orford
Site #28 The Pinnacle Lyme
Site #29 Chaffee Wildlife Management Area Lyme
Site #30 Hewes Brook Wetland along the Appalachian Trail Lyme
Site #31 Wilder Waterfowl Management Area Lyme
Site #32 Huntington Hill Farm Wildlife Habitat Mgt. Area Hanover
Site #33 Balch Hill Hanover
Site #34 Mink Brook Nature Preserve Hanover
Site #35 Mink Brook Natural Area (east and west) Hanover
Site #36 Goodwin Park Lebanon
Site #37 Boston Lot Lake Lebanon
Site #38 Northern Rail Trail Lebanon to Grafton
Site #39A Enfield Wildlife Management Area - Shaker Village Enfield
Site #39B Enfield Wildlife Management Area - Cole Pond Enfield
Site #40 McDaniel’s Marsh Grafton and Springfield
Site #41 Grafton Pond Grafton
Site #42 Helen Woodruff Smith Bird Sanctuary Meriden (Plainfield)
Site #43 French’s Ledges Plainfield
Site #44 Cardigan Mountain State Forest Orange
Site #45 Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site Cornish
Site #46 John Hay National Wildlife Refuge at “The Fells” Newbury
Sample Sites 
 Site #7 "The           Mystery Trail" at the Union Village Dam, Thetford, VT 
 Description: This Army Corps facility is approximately 1,400 acres. The Mystery Trail is a fabulous family walking trail with a significant mix of natural habitats including: river, beaver pond, alder thickets, hardwood and mixed forests, old fields, and early successionary fields. The Mystery Trail is 0.75 miles long. Check out the whole dam project property: the recreational facilities area, the dam proper, and all along the roads and paths within the project.
 
          Directions:
Two main entrances. The southern entrance is north and left of the Union Village (Norwich) covered bridge off Rt. 132. The northern entrance is in Thetford Center off Rt. 113. Turn (south) onto Buzzell Bridge Road at the base of Thetford Hill and proceed toward the Union Village Dam Recreation Area. Travel 0.4 miles and park in the large lot on your left or walk the half mile to trailhead parking lot.

 Birds: Over 135 species have been recorded in the whole project, including American Bittern, Green Heron, Wood Duck, Green-winged Teal, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Red-shouldered Hawk, Northern Harrier, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Common Snipe, American Woodcock, Barred Owl, Whip-Poor-Will, Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Alder and Willow Flycatchers, Great-crested Flycatcher, Brown Thrasher, Gray Catbird, American Pipit, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, Black-throated Green Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Swamp, Lincoln’s, and White-throated Sparrow.

 Recommended time to visit: Spring, summer, fall.

 Ownership: US Army Corps of Engineers. Brochure and maps are available. Drive-through gates are open in the summer only, walking access year-round. Hunting in season. For more info: Park Manager (802) 649-1606 or http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/recreati/uvd/uvdhome

 Site #37 Boston Lot Lake, Lebanon, NH
 Description: This 286-acre historic reservoir site is completely forested, containing sugar maple, beech, red oak, hemlock and white pine and a 46-acre pond. Pure stands of white pine and white birch do occur. Most species are characteristic of moist woods due to poorly drained soils. The main trail also crosses a power line with its shrubby habitat and good birds. This rewarding trail is moderately steep but not terribly long.
 
          Directions:
Ample parking is located on the east side of Rt. 10 in Lebanon, across from the Wilder Dam (northern parking lot) and the Connecticut River. Trail goes uphill, on a dirt road, from the parking lot.

 Birds: Northern Goshawk, Spotted Sandpiper, Belted Kingfisher, all five Swallow species, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Veery, Wood Thrush, Blue-headed Vireo, Blackburnian Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Black-and-white Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Blue and Green Warblers, Louisiana Waterthrush, American Redstart, Pine Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Ovenbird, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Towhee, Field, Fox, Song and White-throated Sparrows.
 
          Best time to visit:
Year-round; Enjoyable hiking, quiet in winter.

 Ownership: City of Lebanon, managed by Lebanon Conservation Commission; pamphlet available from City Hall.
          
 
          support
          
Many private donations have helped make the work of the birding trail happen. These donations have made a significant impact on the ability of this conservation effort to proceed.
 
          Also:

 The Upper Valley Community Foundation
 The Vermont Community Foundation
 The Connecticut River Joint Commissions
 The Norcross Wildlife Foundation
 The Anne Slade Frey Charitable Trust
 The Vermont Institute of Natural Science
 Shepard Butler Landscaping Co
 The Mascoma Bank Foundation
 Ledyard National Bank

          Special Thanks

 Lynne Walker Design Studio (www.lynnewalker.com)
 Jim Block Photography ( jab@valley.net )
 The George D. Aiken Resource Conservation and Development Council
 The Vermont Institute of Natural Science
 The Upper Valley Community Foundation
 The Vermont Community Foundation
 The Connecticut River Joint Commissions

          contact us

          for maps, comments, and to volunteer
          
Bill Shepard
 Project Coordinator
 104 Railroad Row
 White River Jct.,VT 05001
 (802) 291-9100 x 107
 Email: birdvermont@valley.net
Maps are “free” though we encourage tax-deductible donations ($10 and up) and a self-addressed stamped envelope ($0.60) sent to the above address.
“That land is a           community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved           and respected is an extension of ethics.” Aldo Leopold 
contact           for prints of any images from the map 
 Jim Block, jab@valley.net, (603) 643-4149