Two children looking at a herd of elk from the bed of a carriage in a snowy landscape with mountains in the background

During the spring and summer months, visitors are likely to see amphibians and/or reptiles. The trails south of Route 2 follow the Nashua River and there are many vernal pools along Turnpike trail where you are likely to see frogs and/or snakes, like the American toad or the common garter snake. In the winter months, signs of mammals become more present such as those of the coyote or white-tailed deer with tracks.  

Some Tips: Other wildlife watchers will appreciate your consideration.  

  • Take your time, be alert and quiet
  • Observe from the sidelines. Do not disturb a wild animal, they may feel threaten.
  • Listen carefully for calls, splashes, and other wildlife noises. Many animals camouflage very well, and it takes a while to see them.
  • Look for signs of animals. Search for tracks, missing bark on trees, burrows, feathers, scat, and other signs animals have been in the area. 

  • Do not offer snacks; human food could disrupt wild digestive systems. 

  • Leave “abandoned” young animals alone. A parent is probably close by waiting for you to leave.