The focus area is notable for its diverse habitats and wide array of ecological values. Spartina saltmarsh, inter-tidal mudflats, and eelgrass beds support fish, invertebrates, waterfowl, wading birds, and other wildlife, including commercially valuable species such as shellfish and bait worms. Open fields along Pennellville Road and Pennell Way provide scenic views of the historic Pennellville neighborhood for bicyclists, runners, and walkers.
Middle Bay is economically important for commercial fisheries such as clamming, and possesses some of the best hard shell clam (quahog) flats in the region. The bay is also an important area for marine innovations such as aquaculture. The area is popular with visitors and residents for birdwatching, paddling, swimming, hunting, and fishing. Middle Bay and its marshes also provide an important protective buffer from storm surge and rising sea levels.
Middle Bay Focus Area
Middle Bay Conservation Properties:
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Coleman Farm’s 86 acres provide woodland buffers that protect water quality, habitat for migratory shorebirds, tidal flats, protection for ecologically significant Middle Bay, and active pastureland.
While functioning as an agriculturally productive hayfield, the Dunbar property also provides an iconic scenic vista surrounding the historic house.