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.