Wandering the Forest Reveals Hidden Marsh Marigolds

Beautiful, but are poisonous to cattle and horses

By Marie Nardino
Wandering the Forest Reveals Hidden Marsh Marigolds

Beginning in March 2020 when the “COVID-19 lockdown” began, I decided to devote some time to wandering the forest of Dragonfly Farm. We had been producing maple syrup for use and giveaway for a few years, but I had never really investigated the forest land portion of the property, other than the sugarbush. So, in […]

The Highland Lake Loons Have Returned

By Donna Baker-Hartwell
The Highland Lake Loons Have Returned

The Highland Lake loons arrived back after an early ice-out on March 17th. I was able to confirm in early May that the nesting pair- banded a few years back – are in fact the pair occupying the territory. Both have blue over silver bands on the right leg. He has green on the left […]

FNRT Volunteers Open Trails after Downed Trees 

FNRT launches Trail User Experience survey

Press release
FNRT Volunteers Open Trails after Downed Trees 

FNRT volunteers have been working hard recently to open the Trail after several severe weather events. Three teams of FNRT maintenance volunteers cleared fallen limbs off the Trail in Andover and Danbury on April 13. Forty-five downed trees were counted in a two-mile stretch in South Danbury!  Earlier that week, the New Hampshire Bureau of […]

Early Loon Death from Lead Tackle Ingestion

Reminder about ban and buyback program

Press release
Early Loon Death from Lead Tackle Ingestion

The Loon Preservation Committee (LPC) and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHFG) want to remind anglers about the ban on lead sinkers and jigs weighing one ounce or less for all freshwater in the state. The Loon Preservation Committee recently recorded the first loon mortality from lead tackle ingestion of 2024 on Merrymeeting […]

Finding and Pointing Out Spring’s Firsts

By Ken Wells
Finding and Pointing Out Spring’s Firsts

Now that May is finally here, we hope that we’ve seen the last soggy snows and freezing temperatures of April (T. S. Eliot’s “cruelest month”). My wife and I spent much of our day outdoors yesterday, sawing up and clearing away the last of the broken tree limbs in the yard, repairing the damage to […]

Highland Lake Resident Canada Geese Return

By Janet Eklund

The Highland Lake resident Canada geese have returned to their annual breeding grounds and nesting sites in the riparian areas around the lake. They will lay clutches of 6–10 eggs over the course of a week. After a 28-day incubation, goslings will hatch during May and mature by foraging in flocks where there are open […]

Beach Cleanup in Honor of Earth Day

Volunteers sought  for Town Beach and Chaffee Park cleanup

By Janet Eklund

Volunteers are being sought for Town Beach and Chaffee Park cleanup days, on Saturday, April 20, and Saturday, April 27. Volunteers can show up anytime between 9:00 and 10:00 AM on those days with leaf and garden rakes.  Dress for the weather and bring footwear for raking the water’s edge. April on the beach is […]

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