Site Summary: Site Summary: Eugene Moran Wildlife Management Area

Map for the Eugene Moran Wildlife Management Area IBA site

Nominated By:

Tony Gola, Ed Neumeth


1,462 acres

Towns and Counties:

Windsor; Berkshire



Major Habitats:

15% spruce-fir forest, 20% northern hardwoods forest, 15% early successional shrubland, 15% cultural grassland, 5% emergent freshwater wetland, 10% palustrine woodland swamp, 15% shrub-scrub wetland, river/stream

Land Use:

nature & wildlife conservation/ land trust, hunting/fishing, other recreation or tourism

Minor Threats:

invasive plants, cowbird parasitism, succession, habitat conversion

IBA Criteria:

  • Category 1: Land Birds: The site is an important migratory stopover or seasonal concentration site for migratory land birds (e.g., warblers). Sites may also qualify on the basis of supporting exceptionally high densities of breeding species as shown from point counts or other surveys or if they represent "migrant traps" relative to surrounding areas. Strong consideration will be given to areas with consistently high overall species diversity.

Site Description:

This IBA is a mix of wet grass/sedge meadows, alder swamps, beaver ponds, fields, old field/brush/scrub habitats, deciduous northern hardwoods, and conifers such as red spruce and balsam fir.

Current Conservation Status:

Invasive plants in this IBA include European Buckthorn being cut and stump treated with herbicide, and Reed Canary Grass, which may be suppressed by controlled burns. No active management is currently in place to inhibit Brown-headed Cowbirds. Succession: ~90 acres of old field habitat created in recent years. Funding to maintain habitat is uncertain. Habitat conversion: Temporary disturbance to nesting birds during first year of old-field conversion. RD/Overuse: Snowmobiles restricted to one trail during winter.

Ornithological Significance:

One to four (possibly seven) state-listed species have nested here during the past 20 years. 3F - 185 species documented from this area over the past 30 years.

Federally Listed Species:





Peregrine Falcon * * F, 1+, 1970s
Bald Eagle * * F, 1-6, 1990s, 2001

* None known

State Listed Species:





Olive-sided Flycatcher B, 1 + 1970s * *
Mourning Warbler 2, late 1990s-2000 * *
Upland Sandpiper * * S, 1, 1989
Short-eared Owl * * F, 1, 1979, 1982, 1993
Least Bittern * * S, 1, 1998
American Bittern 2-4, 1970s-2001 * *
Northern Harrier 2, 1999 * *

* None known

Other Important Species:



Maximum Numbers


Olive-sided Flycatcher B 1+ 1970s
Henslow's Sparrow B? 2+ 1983
Sedge Wren B 1-2 1980, 1993
Sharp-shinned hawk 1+pr every year * S.F. every year

* No data currently available

Other Flora or Fauna of Significance:

Rare species include Woodland-millet (threatened), Spiny Swamp-currant (special concern), Swamp Red currant (watch listed), Twinflower (watch listed), shining Ladies' Tresses (watch listed), and Variegated Scouring Rush (watch listed).

Data Sources:

Personal observations.

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