Important Bird Area: Eugene Moran Wildlife Management Area
Tony Gola, Ed Neumeth
Towns and Counties
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
nature & wildlife conservation/ land trust, hunting/fishing, other recreation or tourism
invasive plants, cowbird parasitism, succession, habitat conversion
- 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.
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.
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.
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).