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.

As I tromped through brush and scrambled over downed trees to the edge of a wetland to find a beaver dam the other day, I realized that 1) I felt happy, 2) I didn’t care what time it was, and 3) I was completely engrossed by an intriguing question.

It was troubling to learn about a family of black bears – the mother sow with four cubs dubbed the “Jackson Five”- that were likely compromised by people intentionally feeding them.

Black bears

 

Fallen Fruit Fuels A Feast

The season of fallen apples and longer nights has arrived… I’m reaping an unexpected harvest of wildlife photos from this year’s bumper fruit tree crop.

You may be familiar with hoarders (not the TV show, but same idea).  In nature, a hoarder will hide food in one place.  Everything it gathers will be stored in a single tree or den.  But for some animals one food cache isn't enough.  We call these animals scatter hoarders.

Forest Journal for Sept. 13, 2015

By Jack Savage

You know that we’re on the cusp of a new season when you start hearing people predict the end of time. A few hot days beyond Labor Day surely must be a sign of imminent catastrophic collapse.

Earlier this summer I wrote about bats, specifically wooden bats used by Major League Baseball teams to hit 95 mph fastballs (except the Boston Red Sox, who for the most part have only carried them uselessly from dugout to batter's box and back so far this season.)