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Salisbury Beach State Reservation
The Merrimack River meets the Atlantic Ocean at Salisbury Beach, creating a rich and dynamic environment for migrating shorebirds, waterfowl, and wintering harbor seals.
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Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge and Bolton Flats WMA
Description: The Nahsua and Still rivers wind their way through floodplain hardwoods and along wet meadows and open agricultural fields. Changes in the river courses are marked by small, isolated oxbow ponds. Springtime flooding creates prime conditions for waterfowl and amphibians.

Wildlife to Watch: The floodplain associated with these two areas is a premier central Massachusetts birding location during periods of springtime high water. Scores of mallards, teal, and wood ducks are drawn to inundated fields and forests. As the waters recede, look and listen for woodcock courtship flights over open areas at dusk. Vernal pools dot the sites and serve as breeding habitat for spring peepers, wood frogs, and spotted salamanders. Rare Blanding’s turtles are found in slower sections of the rivers.

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Ownership: Oxbow NWR, USFWS, Bolton Flats WMA, and DFW 
Size: 2523 acres 
Closest Town: Harvard

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Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Mallards - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From Route 2, follow Route 110 south to Harvard and continue for 2 miles. Turn right on Still River Depot Road and follow it across the railroad tracks to the Oxbow entrance. For Bolton Flats, continue south on Route 110 to the entrance at a large red barn on the right.

For more information call USFWS (508) 443-4661, or DFW (508) 835-3607.

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Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge and Bolton Flats WMA : Wildlife Viewing Area