In spring the flooded wetlands along Route 105 between McGowan’s Corner and Jemseg is a wonderful place for viewing waterfowl and shore birds, as well as moose that sometimes move to the specially made “moose mounds” to escape the freshet.
All common mammals of the St. John River Valley are found in the Meadows although some are more prevalent than others. Those seen frequently include muskrats, raccoons, meadow voles and foxes. Beaver, otter, skunks and squirrels are less numerous and white tailed deer only occur in the Meadows in summer. Habitat for little brown bats and the eastern pipistrelle is found here, but these species are nocturnal so are seldom seen.
Frogs and salamanders live here but the area is not attractive to snakes. Hundreds of insect species including butterflies and a good variety of dragonflies can be observed by a patient watcher. Without doubt the most plentiful and annoying insects in the Meadows are mosquitoes! However they are a wonderful food source for a variety of other animals.