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An Important Bird Area

The West Rutland Marsh is a designated Important Bird Area having met the necessary Vermont ornithological criteria as an essential habitat for one or more species of birds. With the sustainability of the marsh in mind, Audubon in partnership with the Town of West Rutland and State and Federal agencies, have already established certain conservation and easement plans for the watershed while continuing to advocate for their expansion.

The West Rutland Marsh is more than a boardwalk, it is more than the birds that find sanctuary in the marsh, it is more than the marsh itself, it is an interdependent community of plants, animals and soils, and the waters that sustain them and we the people with our awesome potential to affect change.

Special birds of West Rutland Marsh include Virginia Rail and Sora as well as American Bittern and Marsh Wren. If you listen carefully, you may hear Least Bittern and, if you are really lucky, you'll catch a quick glimpse of one. This is one of the few places in Vermont the Least Bittern can be found reliably in season.

Even more rare is the Sedge Wren, with only a handful of records. In May of 2009, a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, way off course, put in an appearance. Just two days prior, one was observed in Arlington, Vermont.

Directions: Take Route 4A west in West Rutland (Exit 6 on Route 4). At West Rutland Town Hall, bear right on Marble Street. Pass the Carving Studio on your right and then Water Street on your left. The information kiosk and boardwalk, along with a small parking area, are on the left just past Water Street. 

Map of the marsh.
Checklist (PDF) of birds in West Rutland Marsh.
Bridge-to-Bridge Booklet (PDF) (self-guided tour)
Google Map
More Photos from West Rutland Marsh
eBird Data
Monitoring Reports