The John A. Segur Wildlife Refuge is a 598 acre refuge that extends along the western and eastern shorefront of Sucker Brook and Bradley Brook. The southernmost portion of the refuge begins at the confluence of Sucker Brook and Kezar Lake in the North West Cove of the Lower Bay. The refuge is comprised of a high diversity of upland and lowland forest types and over 64 acres of wetlands of high importance to wading birds, waterfowl, mammals, amphibians and wetland-dependent flora.
The refuge was acquired through 4 seperate transactions beginning with 200 acres in 2007 with support from the Land For Maine Future’s Program, the US Fish & Wildlife Service and the generosity of over 200 donors. In 2008, the GLLT became the primary beneficiary of a bequest by the late John A. Segur to advance the preservation of native wildlife populations through the protection of the habitats upon which they depend. The John A. Segur Trust provided crucial support to the additional acquisitions and in 2012 the GLLT officially dedicated this forest and wetland reserve as the John A. Segur Wildlife Refuge. The GLLT received additional financial support for the 2010 and 2011 acquisitions from an anonymous donor, the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program and the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
A 1.2 mile trail leads visitors to a peaceful wildlife viewing spot along the banks of Sucker Brook and provides opportunities to explore brookside viewing places along route. Late spring and early summer is a peak season for bird vocalization and this can be an exciting time to visit this destination point.
Species Checklists for the John A. Segur Wildlife Refuge include:
Please forward any new observations to Dennis Smith, GLLT Database Administrator.