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A Place for Animals

Photo of Monadnock by Stacy Cibula

More space for wildlife to thrive

David and Louisa Birch feel passionately about wildlife, and they wanted to be certain that the woods, meadows, and streams on their Dublin property would continue to be safe places for the critters to live and breed, even after David and Louisa no longer live there. They have seen what can happen when habitat is carved into building lots, like on the Jaffrey side of Mount Monadnock.

“The critters will have the land,” David said, in sharing why he was committed to conservation. “It’s wonderful to have habitat like this where the animals feel comfortable.”

The land is now protected forever, saving more than 300 acres of woodlands for wildlife. There is also an 8-acre meadow that is mowed once a year so that ground-nesting birds like bobolinks have a chance to fledge their young. Two streams and about 25 acres of wetland provide water for such species as moose, deer, turtles, mink, and porcupines.

Photo of a porcupine by David Birch

Transaction funding for the project was provided by the Quabbin to Cardigan Partnership, a public/private effort to protect the Monadnock Highlands of western New Hampshire and north central Massachusetts. To learn more, visit