Madawaska WMA is part of a larger wetland complex that encompasses Douglas Pond and surrounding wetlands. Consequently, these two geographic areas often share birds. Madawaska WMA, while relatively small, is typical of many larger, better-known waterbird sites and shares many of their characteristics. As with so many of the other WMAs listed in this book, Madawaska is an ideal destination for birders seeking seclusion, tranquility, and, most of all, lots of desirable bird species to view.
Madawaska Wildlife Management Area (WMA) has a small but good marshbird diversity. Viewing the state-endangered Black Tern is possible here, since they nest at nearby Douglas Pond. Ducks here include Black and Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Hooded Merganser, and Common Merganser. Also present are Canada Goose, Great Blue Heron, American Bittern, Virginia Rail, Sora Rail, Common Snipe, and Spotted Sandpiper. Marsh Wren have been observed here, as have Piedbilled Grebe. Other birds noted include Northern Harrier, Belted Kingfisher, Redwinged Blackbird, and Common Grackle.
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