Buczek Marsh WMA

Birds of Interest

Several species of waterfowl, such as the black duck, wood duck, and mallard, use the beaver pond and marsh for feeding, nesting, and migratory stopovers. Other marsh-loving birds that might be seen are great blue herons, kingfishers, red-winged blackbirds, and eastern kingbirds. Wild turkeys can be found throughout the WMA’s forests.

About this Location

Buczek Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 96-acre parcel of land owned by the State of Vermont and managed by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. It is located near Lily Pond, 1.6 miles from the town of Poultney. Access to the WMA is a right-of-way footpath off Ferncliff Road.

Buczek Marsh WMA is dominated by the 29-acre beaver-created open water marsh. The beaver dam is old and very stable. A beaver baffle water control structure was installed to help maintain flowage at the desired level, which helps reduce flooding and minimizes long-term impacts to nearby property. The stream that drains the pond eventually empties into the Poultney River. The marsh is important for waterfowl, amphibians, and other wildlife.

The marsh is surrounded by forested uplands of hemlock, white ash, red oak, beech, aspen, white pine, maple, birch, and some hickory. Eight acres in the northwest corner of the WMA is part of a much larger deer wintering area. The deer yard is made of up eastern hemlock and some scattered white pine.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Content from Buczek Marsh Wildlife Management Area guide and map

Last updated December 3, 2023