Pondicherry has a wide variety of wildlife, including birds, moose, bears, beavers, snowshoe hares, turtles, butterflies, and dragonflies. Refuge checklists have been compiled for Birds, Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians, Fish, Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies), and Butterflies. Recent wildlife sightings are also sometimes posted on the Facebook page for the Ammonoosuc Chapter of NH Audubon.
The best time for most wildlife sightings at Pondicherry is early in the morning. Later in the day, although you may not see much wildlife, you will notice signs of their presence as you explore the refuge. For example, the beaver lodge found near the Tudor Richards Viewing Platform at Cherry Pond and the old beaver dam that the Slide Brook Trail crosses were both built by beavers that frequent Pondicherry. Scat from coyotes, bears, and other animals is sometimes found along the trails and, in the winter, tracks made by snowshoe hares and other wildlife can be seen in the snow on the Mooseway, the Little Cherry Pond Trail, and the Colonel Whipple Trail. Songs and calls heard in the woods and across the waters of the ponds indicate the presence of birds that may be hidden from view. To learn more about looking for these—and many other—signs of wildlife, see the book Naturally Curious by Mary Holland, published in 2010 by Trafalgar Square Books.
NOTE: For more in-depth information on the birds of Pondicherry, see the Birding page.