Wildlife

 

Wildlife you might see in the Antrim area include: deer, moose, black bear, muskrat, woodchuck, porcupine, beaver, squirrel, chipmunk, mink, fisher, otter, skunk, weasel, raccoon, red fox, coyote, and a wide variety of snakes, frogs, birds, and fishes.

 

Wildflowers

 

Willard Pond - After the blooming of hobblebush in early spring, wildflowers begin to appear along the six miles of trails that travel throughout DePierrefeu Willard Pond Wildlife Sanctuary.

Starflower from the Primrose family and Canada Mayflower (otherwise known as Wild Lily of the Valley) cover the floor of the forest. Near the ponds one can find Blue Flag Iris in spring and the brilliant red Cardinal Flower later in the summer. Pickerelweed grows in many spots in the pond, as does Yellow Water Lily, Fragrant Water Lily and Watershield.

Scattered about in the woods is New Hampshire's state wildflower from the Orchid family: the Pink Ladyslipper or Moccasin Flower. Other wildflowers to look for include Wild Sarsaparilla, Indian Cucumber Root, Trillium, Jack in the Pulpit, Clintonia,

Indian Pipe, Rattlesnake Plantain, Pale Cordalis, Goldthread, Solomon's Seal and False Solomon's Seal. It is a gift to come upon these delicate and at the same time hardy flowers blooming on their own as we walk through the woods.

Powder Mill Pond - In Bennington wildflowers can easily be seen by parking on No. Bennington Rd where it crosses the railroad bed and enters Greenfield. Just walk down the tracks to the right to the bridge over Powder Mill Pond.

Rye Pond - Wildflowers are best seen along the east side, just proceed down the trail.

 

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