Welcome to MassWildlife's Poland Brook WMA Project!

Welcome to the MassWildlife All Wildlife Biodiversity Project! You may know MassWildlife, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, in our traditional role as the state hunting and fishing agency. Possibly you know the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, the part of MassWildlife that tracks and regulates rare species listed under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act. But, in fact, MassWildlife works to conserve all biodiversity in the Commonwealth—plants, animals, fungi, every species.

We started this iNaturalist project for two reasons: to communicate with naturalists in Massachusetts; and to encourage people to get outside and enjoy learning more about the biodiversity in our great state.

Our first project in iNaturalist is to introduce you to fifteen of our Wildlife Management Areas and Wildlife Conservation Easements (WMAs and WCEs) all across the state. In total, MassWildlife manages over 220,000 acres of wildlife lands in Massachusetts for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy. We’ve chosen fifteen properties from the Berkshires to Cape Cod that offer a range of habitats and variety of wildlife viewing opportunities. This property, the Poland Brook Wildlife Management Area, is located in Conway and Ashfield, and offers a mosaic of woods, fields, and wetlands. All fifteen properties are great places for naturalists to go exploring and find hundreds, even thousands, of common and uncommon species. While we already have a breadth of knowledge about these properties, we don’t know every species on them – and that’s where you can help!

If you’d like to help, please join MassWildlife’s All Wildlife Biodiversity Project , which will collect the data from all fifteen properties. You can also join this project or one of the others listed here and shown on this map:

Check back here often, as we will be writing about what we’re doing for habitat management on these WMAs, what we find when we survey these properties, or about any number of interesting species and habitats we find along the way. Feel free to ask questions— and please join us!

Posted on 08 August, 2019 17:44 by masswildlife masswildlife


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