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.

It's officially now March. Perhaps Nature's snow-gun show will cut us a break? Unless the old "In like a lion" cliché holds true?

It all started with a black squirrel.  These rare creatures aren't a separate species - they're your garden variety gray squirrel, but a genetic mutation has given them a black fur coat.

Wildlife tracks in the snow indicate a lot of coming and going in the nighttime world. Why are so many animals active, given their limited ability to see in the dark?

Do squirrels get nine lives too?

Spring is here!  Well, sort of.  Technically, spring doesn't start for another six weeks. But some stoic Yankees say that winter begins in New Hampshire when you start stacking your wood pile in late August.

Late last year biologists at the University of New Hampshire announced the results of a study, commissioned by Fish and Game. They estimated that from 1989 to today, the bobcat population in New Hampshire had rebounded from less than 200 cats to somewhere between 800 and 1,400.

Right now the northern hemisphere is tilted away from the sun.  Light enters our atmosphere at a much shallower angle and for fewer hours each day.  To put it simply, it's cold in New England.

"I think of them as great little wildlife managers," said Dave Anderson, a naturalist and director of education at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Beaver is a "keystone species," Anderson said. "If we were to eliminate their activity, we'd lose wetlands that are critical habitats."