Home to nesting Eagles, as well as beavers, otters, and a host of wildlife, Mount Grace's Eagle Reserve is a 139-acre mix of woods, wetlands, and open water that is now open to the public. The short video below by Paul Rezendes offers a virtual tour of one of the North Quabbin's most breathtaking places.
After protecting the land in 2016, Mount Grace received a Recreational Trails Program Grant to help create low-impact access for all at the Reserve. A new bridge connecting the southern peninsula to a small island in the middle of the reserve is already in and volunteer work will continue this summer. The new trails will channel public access on this sensitive natural site to areas selected to minimize impact on the wildlife and natural communities that thrive in the reserve. The reserve can currently be accessed from an orange-flagged trail off Winchendon Road with parking at the state wildlife reserve across the street (please use the state parking and do not park along the road).
When completed, the trail system will provide people with limited mobility access to the beauty of this amazing wildlife refuge—a patchwork of ponds and wetlands providing habitat and refuge for wildlife in a sheltered wetland where no signs of human habitation are visible.
A breeding pair of bald eagles has nested near the waterside in past years. Rare pied-billed grebes are also found on the reserve, and a visit from the Mount Grace Conservation Committee logged sightings of blue heron, Canada Geese, bald eagles, ravens, mallards, hooded mergansers, black ducks, and a rare juvenile golden eagle.
The project closed on August 24, 2016, permanently protecting the heart of a vast, isolated wetland situated in the heavily forested landscape of north central Massachusetts, providing an important refuge for migrating waterfowl as well as an exceptional breeding location for threatened bird species. The land also serves as a natural classroom for the nearby Royalston School in partnership with Mount Grace's TerraCorps program. You can click on Jeff Blanchard's amazing eagle nest photos below to expand them.
The Royalston Eagle Reserve Conservation Area was funded in part by grants from the Massachusetts Local Acquisition for Natural Diversity (LAND) Program, the North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) program, the Fields Pond Foundation, and the Community Foundation for North Central Massachusetts.
Mount Grace has raised the $36,000 needed to complete this project. Thanks to everyone who supported the Eagle Reserve with a tax-deductible gift of any amount.
Gifts Made 93
Amount Raised $36,000+
Gifts raised through this link will now support the land conservation and stewardship work of Mount Grace.