Wildlife

The Forest Society's mission includes conserving land that supports New Hampshire's native animals and plants, so that wildlife remains a part of our everyday world. Visit this page to explore stories, projects and stewardship related to wildlife and habitat.

The Reservation Stewardship Department is responsible for the management of the Forest Society’s fee-owned lands (over 56,000 acres, the Forest Society’s largest asset).   These lands are managed with a vision that is focused on the future, ensuring the biological richness of the state while providing economic and social returns to the organization, its members, and the public.

When you imagine a forest that is full of wildlife, you may imagine a forest that consists of really old and large trees. However, the largest diversity of wildlife will be found in dense thickets with trees no older than ten years old!

Winter Wildlife Education Events with Susan Morse
 

North Country

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 6:30pm
New LondonMerrimack County, New Hampshire

Whipple Town Hall Community Center, New London
Join us for a slide-illustrated lecture detailing the hidden lives of New England’s foxes and coyotes. Members: Free; Non-members: $5. Sponsored by The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens and the Forest Society.

 

To register, contact The Fells via phone at 603-763-4789 x 3 or email info@thefells.org.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 9:00am

Hay Forest Reservation, Newbury
Join renowned New England wildlife tracker and educator Susan Morse for a rare, guided snowshoe hike at the Forest Society’s Hay Forest Reservation. Late February is peak breeding season for forest furbearers: ermine, mink, fisher, fox, coyote, bobcat, and their rodent-prey species. Sue will share track identification skills and the habits and habitats of these winter-active wild mammals.

Pre-registration is required. Cost: $25. Limited to 20 people maximum.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 6:00pm
BethlehemGrafton County, New Hampshire

In this special evening presentation at Bethlehem Public Library, learn about the habits and habitats of bobcats, lynx, and mountain lions. Members: Free; Nonmembers: $5.

To register, visit signup@forestsociety.org or call Registrar, Tina Ripley at the Forest Society 224-9945.

Bethlehem Public Library, Sponsored by The Bretzfelder Park Committee, Ammonoosuc Chapter of the Audubon Society of NH, and the Forest Society.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 12:30pm

The Rocks, Bethlehem 
Join renowned New England wildlife tracker and educator Susan Morse for a rare, guided snowshoe hike at The Rocks. Late February is peak breeding season for forest furbearers: ermine, mink, fisher, fox, coyote, bobcat, and their rodent-prey species. Sue will share track identification skills and the habits and habitats of these winter-active wild mammals. Pre-registration required. Cost: $25. Limited to 20 people maximum.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 6:00pm

Porcupine Facts and Myths
Bretzfelder Park, Bethlehem
Join Nigel Manley, director of North Country property, to learn about all things porcupines, including fun facts about their quills and why they have a knack for eating wood structures. You will learn about the species of porcupines that inhabit the world as well as the ones here in North America. Manley has tracked porcupines for several years at The Rocks, learning where they den and what they eat during winter months.

New Hampshire is a pretty cool place. There are mountains, rivers, lakes, oceans, and a lot of trees. NH is over 80% forested (83% currently as measured by USDA Forest Service), but it hasn’t always been that way.