Of particular interest from the Speck Pond survey data is the presence of Bicknell’s Thrush, which is recognized as a species of greatest conservation need in Maine’s 2015 Wildlife Action Plan.
The Grafton Forest Wilderness Preserve lies within Oxford County, where Peregrine Falcons (a state endangered species) were reintroduced in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Oxford County hosted the first successful nesting site of the reintroduced Peregrines in 1988. Though there are no known cliffs on the proposed Preserve itself, many cliffs exist in the Mahoosuc Range more broadly. Consequently, the sub-alpine forests of the Grafton Forest Wilderness Preserve are part of the supporting landscape for these nest sites. Wilderness protection is highly compatible with Peregrine Falcon conservation, as it prevents the construction of roads, powerlines, and other forms of development; forbids the use of pesticides; and prevents logging.