Ponemah Bog Wildlife Sanctuary, Amherst

Ponemah Bog Wildlife Sanctuary, Amherst

New Hampshire Audubon Society Amherst, New Hampshire 03031

Official Website
Ponemah Bog Wildlife Sanctuary brochure and map

Tips for Birding

About this Location

The sanctuary features a 3-acre pond surrounded by a floating sphagnum mat, all encircled by oak and pitch pine woods. The bog is in a kettle hole created by the retreat of the glaciers. Classic bog plants such as leatherleaf, bog laurel, and tamarack grow here. Visit in mid-May to see a spectacular display of Rhodora. You can also find insect-eating plants; pitcher plants, sundews, and bladderworts. A trail, a boardwalk, and a viewing platform allow you to get a close-up view of life in the bog but be prepared for wet footing.

Summer bird life in the sanctuary includes rufous-sided towhees, blue jays, tree swallows, common yellowthroats, mourning and Canada warblers, and song sparrows. Watch for green herons and other waterfowl, woodpeckers, and belted kingfishers. Occasionally, muskrats make their home in the bog. You can sometimes find signs of red foxes, raccoons, and other visitors from the nearby woods. There is an assortment of native New Hampshire orchid species in the bog, which can be seen in late spring to mid-summer. Birds are visible throughout the year. Additionally, the bog is home to many dragonflies and damselflies.

From Nashua take NH-101A west for 5 miles. Turn right on Boston Post Road. Go 2 miles, then turn left on Stearns Road. Go 0.3 miles, and then take a left on Rhodora Drive. Go straight ahead to the parking area.

From Milford/Amherst go east on NH-101A for 0.5 mile, then turn left on NH-122. Immediately turn right on Sterns Road and to 1.1 miles. Turn right on Rhodora Drive and go straight ahead to the parking area.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

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Last updated October 22, 2023