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Mt. Agamenticus/Tatnic Hills
Over 7,000 acres of land in the Mount Agamenticus area are owned by private and public agencies, which manage the land for conservation and watershed protection while continuing a commitment to public recreational opportunities.

Mt. Agamenticus & the Tatnic HillsWildlife
The unfragmented forests around Mount A provide important habitat for wildlife. Moose, White-tailed Deer, Black Bear, and Fisher live in these protected forests. Many species, like the Chestnut Oak and Shagbark Hickory trees, reach the northern limit of their range. Rare species of plants include Wild Leek, Large Beak-Rush, Feather Foil, Atlantic White Cedar, and Black Gum. Rare animals include Spotted and Blanding’s Turtles, Black Racer Snake, Swamp Darter (a small fish), and the Ringed Boghaunter Dragonfly.

Vernal Pools
A vernal pool is a low spot that fills with rain and snowmelt in the spring, then dries up during the summer. They are a unique wetland habitat, and are critically important breeding places for specially adapted animals such as the Spotted Salamander, Blue-spotted Salamander, Wood Frog and Fairy Shrimp. Many other creatures like Caddisflies, Dragonflies, the Rare Blandings and Spotted Turtles, also rely on vernal pools for food and shelter at different times during their life cycle.

Mt. A is famous as one of Maine’s favorite hawk-watching sites. Each fall, thousands of migrating hawks, including Peregrine Falcons, Bald Eagles, Osprey and the Northern Goshawk, are viewed from the summit. On a day in early October with strong northwest winds, hundreds of raptors may fly over the mountain in just a few hours.

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