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Kabob Wildlife Management area

The Kabob Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is located in the town of Stockton and encompasses 37 acres of upland and wetland communities and open water (Cassadaga Creek). A significant portion of the WMA is within one of the county’s largest wetland complexes. It's not surprising that this area is so wet; as mentioned in the entry for Cassadaga Creek, following the last glacial period, the Cassadaga valley was at the bottom of a large lake, and a great volume of water is still stored here in the pores between glacially deposited sand and gravel.

The ecologically diverse habitats of the Kabob WMA support a great variety of wildlife. Species known to occur here include white-tailed deer, Eastern coyote (see Links), beaver, raccoon, fisher, Virginia opossum, Ruffed grouse, American woodcock, American crow, red-tailed hawk, pileated woodpecker, wood duck, mallard, wild turkey, Canada goose, Eastern American toad, wood frog, northern spring peeper, Eastern garter snake, northern water snake, snapping turtle, and painted turtle. Though you might not see most of these animals if you visit here, you'll likely see many of their tracks in the mud along Cassadaga Creek.

One of the principal management objectives for this WMA is to demonstrate to private landowners forest habitat management techniques for relatively small acreages that can be used to create and improve ruffed grouse and American woodcock habitat. Future use of this WMA includes a cooperative agreement with the Ruffed Grouse Society for landowner workshops to demonstrate and conduct wildlife management habitat programs.

This WMA is a real sleeper. I almost decided not to include it on this website because it is so small and, initially, it didn't seem to have much to offer, nothing more than a short trail through an overgrown, swampy area. I first visited the area on a whim when I was heading down to another location. After parking my car, it didn't take long to realize that this is a very special place. My wife Pam and I were immediately struck by the diversity of plants and fungi present here, and when we reached the creek, the variety of flowers and insects was dazzling! The swampy, sunlit areas along the creek were filled with wildflowers such as milkweed, cardinal flowers, and forget-me-not, which attracted butterflies, moths, dragonflies, damselflies, and bees in great numbers. And of course, birds were ever-present, evidenced mostly by their calls. Over 80 species of birds have been identified in this small area. See Links for a list of bird species observed here and to see how you can post a list on eBird.



Location Map


The main trail in this WMA winds through a beautiful, heavily wooded area. The trail, which is only about a half mile long, ends at a turnaround about 200 feet before it would hit Cassadaga Creek.
If you continue south about 200 feet past the end of the trail you'll come to Cassadaga Creek. The portion of the creek within the WMA is on public property and provides fishing for stocked brown trout and possibly northern pike, muskellunge, and smallmouth bass.
Watch where you're stepping along the main trail - frogs are very common here. This young northern leopard frog wasn't much larger than a spring peeper.
The sunny areas of this WMA are usually found along Cassadaga Creek. Wildflowers, dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies, and moths are abundant in these well-watered, sun-lit areas. Shown here are red cardinal flowers.
A Pearly Crescentspot butterfly feeding on a black knapweed. These are one of the more common butterflies we saw here.
I'd never seen this species of moth before. I never was able to see its head, but I think it's a Confused Haploa moth.
These large mushrooms are very common in this WMA. I think they are a type of bolete mushroom.
This honey bee is feeding on the flowers of a milkweed, which are common in the sunlit portions of the WMA.
Snails are common here, but they are not easily spotted as they slither through the leaf litter.
I'm not sure what type of fungus this is; perhaps a young cinnabar polypore. You don't see many fungi with such a brilliant orange coloring.
Turkey tail? Maybe, but without seeing the underside, it's hard to tell.
Brackens seem to be the most common fern in this WMA. They are easily recognized by their long stipes (stems).

Resource Map

See Location Map (above) and DEC map under Links.

Driving Directions


Road Access:

This wildlife management area can be accessed via the DEC parking area off Waterman Road in Stockton.



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