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Marlow, New Hampshire

380 Acres | March 26, 1996
HSWLT
Owned in Title

Barbara Birdsey helped establish the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust by being among the first to donate sanctuary property. She has since donated multiple properties to HSWLT and currently serves on the Board of Directors. In 1990, Ms. Birdsey donated two parcels of land totaling 320 acres in Marlow, New Hampshire, to create the Stickey Wicket Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary was expanded in 2010 by the donation of an adjoining 59 acres by David McLanahan.

The Stickey Wicket Wildlife Sanctuary lies in an area of low hills, and small lakes, ponds and wetlands. It is an area that has been in agriculture and woodlot for about two centuries. The land is dominated by hardwood stands of white birch, American beech and sugar maple. There is also some balsam fir, white pine, and red oak.

The unbroken hardwood canopy provides good habitat for a number of migratory songbirds such as thrushes and warblers. Oaks and beeches provide mast for red and gray squirrels, eastern chipmunks, black bears and white-tailed deer. There is evidence of periodic beaver activity around the two ponds on the sanctuary.

Year-round birds include chickadees, downy and hairy woodpeckers, nuthatches, evening grosbeaks, purple finches, blue jays and ruffed grouse. Migrants include eastern phoebes, thrushes, a variety of warblers, that prefer closed woods for nesting and feeding, and a variety of sparrows. Wildlife also include white-footed mice, porcupines, red foxes, and raccoons. The sanctuary is within a corridor known to have transient species including moose and coyotes.  

The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust holds the title to this sanctuary.  That means HSWLT is responsible for all property taxes and maintenance costs for the property -- every year, forever.  In addition periodic inspections are made to ensure that the wildlife habitat remains in good condition.  These inspections, and the handling of any damage or destruction, cost heavily in professional staff time and travel expenses.

HSWLT has promised to keep this property as a sanctuary forever -- and that promise will be kept.  If you can help with the cost of stewardship for this and the other properties HSWLT protects, please donate here.

Heron Close-up

The statuesque heron is a handsome and distinctive bird, with a six-foot wing-span and signature blue-gray feathers.

 

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