Keene to Close Road to Protect Migrating Amphibians

A wood frog makes her way across North Lincoln Street in Keene.

A wood frog makes her way across North Lincoln Street in Keene. This year, she’ll have a little extra help.
(photo: Brett Amy Thelen)

Every year, on the first warm, rainy nights of spring, thousands of amphibians make their way to vernal pools to breed. Many are killed when they must cross busy roads. Since 2006, our Salamander Crossing Brigades have moved 35,000 amphibians to safety at dozens of road crossings throughout the Monadnock Region.

We’re excited to report that the Keene City Council recently voted unanimously in favor of closing the North Lincoln Street amphibian crossing site to vehicle traffic on these “Big Nights” — ensuring the safety of migrating amphibians as well as the many families who come out to witness the migration each spring. Keene is the first community in New Hampshire to institute such a measure, and their decision was based in large part on data collected by our Salamander Brigade volunteers. Read more…

A Silver (Lake) Opportunity

See a map of the proposed easement here.
(photo: Brett Amy Thelen)

The Silver Lake Land Trust and Seaver Silver Lake Farm Trust are working with the Harris Center to conserve the largest remaining undeveloped and unprotected parcel abutting Silver Lake.

The proposed conservation easement includes 50 acres and nearly 800 feet of shoreline on the southern end of the lake in Harrisville. It would also add to a block of 6,000+ acres of contiguous conservation land in the towns of Nelson, Roxbury, Harrisville, and Marlborough. If the project is successful, an astounding 80% of the Silver Lake watershed will be protected – including 2.9 miles of shoreline – preserving water quality in Silver Lake for many generations to come.

For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution in support of this project, please contact Jeremy Wilson at (603) 525-3394 or

POP-UP PROGRAM: Snowy Owl Watching on January 19

a snowy owl perched on a lampost

“Our” Snowy Owl yawns atop a lamppost in Keene. (photo: Ken Bergman)

You may have heard that a breathtaking visitor from the North has been garnering a lot of attention in Keene. It’s been more than a decade since a Snowy Owl has taken up winter residence in the Monadnock Region, so this officially qualifies as a special occasion!

Join Eric Masterson to get what we hope will be a great view of the Snowy Owl – from a safe and respectful distance via spotting scope – this Friday, January 19 at 2 p.m. We’ll meet in the Home Depot parking lot off Route 9 in Keene, then carpool (or walk) to a good viewing area. RSVP to Eric at (603) 525-3394 or by email.

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