Nashua National Fish Hatchery is just one of the many field stations of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service whose mission is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Most national fish hatcheries are located in remote or rural areas, but not our hatchery - the hatchery entrance even has its own stoplight! The hatchery is located within Nashua's city limits in a bustling commercial and residential area and has been an integral part of the community for over 120 years.
Check out our pollinator garden!
Pollinators like birds, bees and bats are incredibly important to a majority of the world’s flowering plant species. As pollinators move to and from each flower to gather nectar, they also move pollen. This aids in the production of certain fruits and seeds that rely solely on pollination. In the United States alone there are over 150 different food crops that depend on pollinators, including: blueberries, apples, oranges, strawberries, tomatoes, and almonds. Without pollinators, our cupboards would look bare.
Unfortunately, pollinators are declining due to habitat loss and fragmentation, the introduction and spread of invasive plant species, misuse of pesticides, diseases, and parasites.
In the early fall of 2015, the hatchery started tending several pollinator gardens to help increase and sustain our local pollinators like ruby throated hummingbirds, bumblebees, monarch butterflies, and the hummingbird moth. Our garden is planted with wild bergamot, blackeyed susan, purple coneflower, lance leaf coreopsis, blanket flower, golden alexanders.
Come have lunch at one of our pollinator garden picnic tables scattered around the property!
You can help pollinators and keep fruits and flowers on the table too. Learn more about creating your own pollinator garden at school and at home.
Other Facilities in the Complex
The Nashua National Fish Hatchery is co-located with the Central New England Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in Nashua, New Hampshire.
We also belong to a broader complex of FWS facilities known as the Maine-New Hampshire Fish and Wildlife Complex. The complex is comprised of 7 offices, including three national fish hatcheries. Collectively, we conserve the unique fish and wildlife of Maine and New Hampshire such as wood ducks, eagles, plovers, songbirds, cougar, lynx, brook trout, salmon and alewife.
The Nashua National Fish Hatchery is located off of Exit 6, along the Everett Turnpike, right across from the Nashua Mall.