Site Summary: Site Summary: Blue Hills Reservation
Laura Liptak, Patty O'Neill
Towns and Counties:
Canton, Milton, Quincy, Randolph; Norfolk
Department of Conservation and Recreation, Mass Audubon
5% pitch pine/scrub oak forest, 5% early successional shrubland, 10% emergent freshwater wetland, 10% palustrine wooded swamp
nature & wildlife conservation/ land trust, fishing, other recreational or tourism, quarry/gravel pit (historically), undeveloped, weather observatory
- Category 2: Sites important for long-term research and/or monitoring projects that contribute substantially to ornithology, bird conservation, and/or education.
- Category 5: 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..
This 7,000-acre reservation features deep forests, shaggy cliffs, trails, and brooks. Two hundred fifty miles of footpaths are shared by hikers, horseback riders, cross-country skiers, and mountain bikers. Summits dominate the landscape, with 23 peaks in the Blue Hills. This IBA features an environmentally unique bog and a freshwater marsh that is prime habitat for birdwatching. Recreational features include Houghton's Pond beach and quarries for rock climbing.
Current Conservation Status:
Owned by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, partly managed by Mass Audubon, dependent on annual state funding.
Other Important Species:
Other Flora or Fauna of Significance:
Timber Rattlesnakes, Fishers, River Otters, Northern Copperheads, Marble Salamanders, Blandings and Box Turtles
G. D'Entremont, personal observations.
M. Rines, Bird Observer records, 1994-2000.