The Pleasant Bay Wildlife Management Area lies near the town of Addison along the Pleasant River’s east side. The area is known for its expansive, various wildlife habitats and for its tranquil character. The preserve includes more than seven miles of waterfront along Pleasant Bay, more than 1,900 acres of intertidal marshes and mudflats, islands, freshwater wetlands, and mature and early successional forest. It includes 1.3 miles along Dick Brook, 0.8 miles along Lily Pond Meadow Stream and two 3.5-acre ponds.
The area is home to 19 species of coastal shorebirds and 17 species of waterfowl, including two migratory bird species at risk: the Black Duck and the Green-winged Teal. Rare Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagles also inhabit the area. Bobcats, coyotes, fishercats, black bear, moose, and deer all inhabit the area’s upland. This land is owned by the Pleasant River Wildlife Foundation (PRWF) and recent land purchases and allocations in the Oscar’s Pond, Ports Harbor, and Dick Brook areas can be attributed to PRWF, along with help from Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Land for Maine’s Future program, and a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Coastal Wetlands Conservation program. Roger Clapp of Addison, a property owner whose land became part of the new wildlife area, said, “This grant really starts the ball rolling and meshes nicely with many other conservation efforts in the Washington County area.”
Bird & other wildlife watching and hiking
Down East Maine – Washington County