Duxbury’s Natural Features

Duxbury has many outstanding features that can benefit from land conservation

    • Large contiguous forest blocks provide critical habitat for migrant neotropical birds. Some of these, like the Wood Thrush, Veery, Blackpoll Warbler and Black-throated Blue Warbler, travel thousands of miles each year to nest in Duxbury.
    • Duxbury has the highest altitudinal gradient of any town in Vermont.  As a result, there is a high concentration of biological diversity.
    • Forests in Duxbury provide important habitat for a host of wildlife, including bear, bobcat, fisher, moose, deer and flying squirrels.
    • Duxbury serves as an important buffer area to Camel’s Hump State Park.  A buffer area allows wildlife the room they need to grow and flourish across the landscape and travel to other adjacent wildlands.
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Barred Owl

  • Duxbury’s stretch of the Winooski River is one of the few undeveloped areas along the entire river, with remnant patches of riverine floodplain forests.
  • Duxbury’s many natural features provide important habitat. Rocky cliffs support bobcats, hemlock forests support deer populations in the winter, wetlands support a range of aquatic species, and vernal pools support frog and salamanders each spring.
  • Duxbury is located in the middle of two major wildlife corridors.  One of these lies along the spine of the Green Mountain, the other connects this range with the Northfield range to the north. Keeping these areas free of development will ensure that our children and grandchildren will still feel the thrill of seeing a moose or a bear.

 

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