Wildlife & Habitat

  • Wood Thrush

    Wood Thrush

    Found in deciduous forest stands with a generally open forest floor of moist soils and decaying leaf litter. These birds will most likely be found north of Beech Brook and in the woods adjacent to Route 103A during the summer breeding season.

  • Common Loons

    Common Loons

    These water birds nest on large water bodies such as Lake Sunapee, typically on the edges of islands, or on bare ground in wetlands. Adults may be seen on Lake Sunapee from the refuge shoreline during the nesting season, until fall migration. 

  • Northern Hardwoods

    Northern Hardwood

    The principal habitat feature at the refuge is northern hardwoods with hemlock and white pine. Based on photos this forest was pasture land until the early 20th Century. Since that time, there has been minimal tree harvesting. The largest disturbance was the remnants of a hurricane in 1938 that leveled part of the forest. Current management objectives are to maintain the existing diverse, mature forest, allowing small-scale natural disturbances (e.g. windthrow) to create openings for forest regeneration. No active forest management is planned for this refuge.