Conservation Work at Arcadia

Danks Pond

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary is approximately 720 acres of wetland, grassland, and forest, adjacent to the Oxbow of the Connecticut River. Arcadia serves several key conservation functions.

  • It provides habitat for dozens of rare species and species of special interest including freshwater mussels, dragonflies and damselflies, and grassland- and shrubland-nesting birds.
  • It is a significant stepping stone in a wildlife corridor of regional importance. Black bear and bobcat, among other wide-ranging species, are found on the sanctuary.
  • It serves as a stopover site on a major East Coast migratory bird flyway for waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds. Briefly in the spring, the wetlands, and the adjacent Oxbow, host thousands of Canada geese and many species of ducks.

Habitats at Arcadia

Arcadia has a diversity of habitats, some naturally occurring while others rely on active management to maintain. Examples of important habitat at Arcadia include:

Shrublands Meadows Priority Natural Communities

Great Blue Heron Rookery

In addition, Arcadia includes an active great blue heron rookery, which has been a nesting site for more than 50 pairs of herons. Learn more about the rookery and how to visit it