Often when we’re waiting for spring, we are looking for warm weather and wildflowers as our first marker that the season has arrived. But there’s another sign of spring in the air: birdsong! While some birds stay in New Hampshire all winter, others are just now returning to us after wintering further south. Here are a few migrants you can expect to see around New Hampshire now! We’ve included recordings of their calls as well as pictures–if you’re interested in birding, learning even just a few bird calls is a great way to get started.
As aquatic animals, beavers spend most of their time in the water. They are proficient swimmers, and can remain underwater for up to 15 minutes at a time. Beavers’ skills in the water make up for their relative clumsiness on land, and helps to keep them safe from the threat of predation.
A small critter frequently seen at Bear Brook is the North American porcupine. As a primarily nocturnal animal, this Bear Brook resident has been seen mostly at night, but has been spotted climbing trees during the day.
By: Thomas Cummings, SCA Interpretative Ranger for Umbagog Lake State Park Alces Alces is the Latin name for North America’s largest member of the deer family that is still alive today. Moose are known for their impressive size, which makes finding one as you explore New Hampshire a real treat. By understanding their behavior and […]
By: Simone Maule, 2019 Student Conservation Association New Hampshire AmeriCorps Member Animal sightings are always an exciting event here at Bear Brook State Park. Our entire corps was thrilled to have the opportunity to see a porcupine in action during one of our training weeks and the wildlife has kept on coming. As a collective […]
By: Haley Lesmerises, Interpretive Ranger at Franconia Notch State Park “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns.” — George Eliot Autumn is here! The leaves are losing their chlorophyll, animals are getting fat for winter, and children are […]
By: Claire Adams, Interpretive Ranger at Greenfield & Monadnock State Parks During my adventures as the Interpretive Ranger at Greenfield State Park, I have spent a lot of time outdoors. And due to that constant exposure to the same patch of nature, I have had the privilege of catching glimpses of the variety of wildlife […]
By: Rachel Shoemaker, Interpretive Ranger for Northern Region Parks “What IS that!?” My friend stopped so abruptly that I nearly bumped into her. “What is what?” I asked, looking around frantically, trying to see what she was seeing. I looked down at the trail where she was pointing and gazed upon a creature that would […]
By: Kim Snyder, Interpretive Ranger (Southern Region Parks) As the Discover Power of Parks Southern Rover, I have the pleasure of traversing the width of Southern New Hampshire weekly, seeing all kinds of environments and learning all about this diverse state. From the Seacoast to the Vermont boarder, New Hampshire abounds with wildlife and awe-inspiring […]