Shank Painter Pond Wildlife Sanctuary
The Shank Painter Pond Wildlife Sanctuary off Route 6 is a conservation project that was completed in 2001 -- the Patrick family offered land slated previously for development to the Provincetown Open Space Committee. There is an an upland overlook path with informational kiosk. The Conservation Trust holds the conservation restriction, and volunteers have replanted damaged areas from the Corks to Trees project and Town funds.
Shankpainter Pond is often described as Provincetown's ecological crown jewel. It hosts the world's largest known quaking bog found on a barrier beach. Many rare and endangered species have adapted to living in the bog and around the open waters of this pond.
FLORA AND FAUNA OF THE BOG AND WOODS
Plants: Dragon's mouth orchid, Pink lady slipper, pitcher plant, Golden club, Bogbean, Grass Pink, Few fruited sedge.
Animals, fish and birds: River otter, Easter spadefoot toad, spotted and box turtles, large and smallmouth bass, pickerel, Redwinged blackbirds, warblers, ducks, hawks herons and ospreys.
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Surface water: 15 acres
Quaking bog mat: 20 acres
Max depth: 3 feet
Shoreline length: 1.2 miles