|Gile State Forest-Gardner Memorial Wayside|
This large state forest is made up of northern hardwoods: sugar maple, yellow birch, beech, and balsam fir. Streams, wetlands, and ponds dot the forest.
Amoskeag Fishways Learning Center
|Description: Operated under a unique public/private partnership, which includes Public Service of New Hampshire. New Hampshire Fish and Game, the Audubon Society of New Hampshire, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this environmental education center is open year-round. A fish ladder operates from late April through mid-June ad part of the Atlantic salmon and American shad restoration program. The center is located on the Merrimack River at a hydropower generating facility. It offers a full spectrum of educational programs and exhibits about the Merrimack River.|
Wildlife to Watch: From late April to mid-June, visitors have a unique opportunity to watch both resident and anadromous fish use the fish ladder. An aquarium allows you to see a variety of fish at any time of year. The Amoskeag fishways site provides excellent opportunities to see bald eagles during the winter. Watch for a variety of ducks such as common goldeneyes, American black ducks, mallards, and mergansers in the open water below the dam. Landscaping for wildlife has made the site attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, and a wide variety of songbirds. During the spring warbler migration, thousands of birds pass through the area on their way up the Merrimack River corridor. Summer residents include scarlet tanagers, red-eyed vireos, mockingbirds, catbirds, rose-breasted grosbeaks, Baltimore orioles, and belted kingfishers.
Ownership: Public Service of New Hampshire
Size: 3 acres
Closest Town: Manchester
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