Wapack National Wildlife Refuge
|Wapack National Wildlife Refuge|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
|Location||Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States|
|Nearest city||Peterborough, New Hampshire|
|Area||1,672 acres (6.77 km2)|
|Governing body||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
|Website||Wapack National Wildlife Refuge|
Wapack National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge of the United States located in southern New Hampshire. It was the state's first refuge and was established through a donation in 1972. The 1,672-acre (677 ha) refuge is located about 20 miles (32 km) west of Nashua, New Hampshire and encompasses the 2,278-foot (694 m) North Pack Monadnock Mountain.
A 3-mile (5 km) segment of the 21-mile (34 km) Wapack Trail passes through the refuge and provides wide views of the surrounding mountains.
The refuge is a popular hawk migration area and provides nesting habitat for numerous migratory songbirds such as the American tree sparrow, Swainson's thrush, magnolia warbler, crossbills, pine grosbeaks and white-throated sparrow.
Other birds observed on the refuge during a 2002 breeding season survey:
- Hermit thrush
- Red-eyed vireo
- Canada warbler
- Blackpoll warbler
- Bay-breasted warbler
- Black-throated blue warbler
- Black-throated green warbler
- Blackburnian warbler
- Golden-crowned kinglet
- Scarlet tanager
- Rose-breasted grosbeak
- Yellow-bellied sapsucker
- Red-tailed hawk
- Sharp-shinned hawk
- Peregrine falcon
- Ruffed grouse
The refuge provides habitat for many mammal species, some of which include:
Reptiles and amphibians
Some amphibian species on the refuge:
Invertebrates on the refuge are a food source for many other animal species. Insects in the area include butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, wasps, and ants.
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