Support Endangered Wild Animals at Heron Pond

Fundraising Campaign to Support Endangered Wild Animals at the
Heron Pond Wetland & Wildlife "Preserve"
An “ecological gem”!

“Thank you!”


Click Photo for Full View. The 270 acres owned by the Town of Milford is home to the Blanding’s Turtle, an “umbrella” species. Being an “umbrella” species means that where the Blanding’s Turtle lives, then so do countless other animal species live under the naturally rich environmental umbrella. This is so true here that the natural resources scientist who studied this place calls it “an ecological gem”! But all these animals, including those that are NH-state threatened and endangered, are at high and imminent risk from development that would negatively transform the habitat. The only hope is good people are working hard to prevent the loss.


This special place in Milford, NH is outlined in white on the map. Click Photo for Full View. Unfortunately, the “preserve” is not currently protected as conservation land and instead is under intense pressure of development by Milford Town Officials. This means that these wild animals are at dire risk of losing their habitat permanently! The endangered animals in particular are highly susceptible to any habitat loss and many would perish as a result. Click Photo for Full View.


Since 2012 a group of dedicated citizens has been working hard against the intense pressure of development by Milford Town Officials. Being completely volunteer, the Heron Pond Project Team members spend their own money. The Heron Pond Project Team spends money on actions to help the wildlife as needed to protect them and advocate on their behalf. Costs include Turtle Crossing signs; materials for meetings before Town boards and State agencies such as handouts and posters; study of the wildlife, sometimes hiring expert consultants; equipment and gear – for example, night camera, head lamp; and we take legal actions when they are unavoidable such as now. Thank you for considering a donation to protect the Heron Pond Wetland & Wildlife “Preserve”! Email Us for questions, comments, or for more information.


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The NH Animal Rights League is the fiscal agent of the Heron Pond Project Team. This beautiful place needs our help to Save it. From the tiny fairy shrimp in the vernal pool to the whitetail deer on the landscape, they are all important members of NH’s ecosystem and need this rich habitat to survive. Please help by giving a tax deductible donation today. Thank you and our deepest gratitude!

Saving Beaver Ponds and Beavers Matching Grant Program

NHARL was pleased to award a $400 matching grant for beaver protection at Sherwood Glen Condominiums in Raymond, NH.

Several years ago, Art Wolinsky and his condo installed flow pipes and fencing with their own money. They recently determined some upkeep was needed—namely, the installation of a culvert protection cage—on this successful project, and so applied for help via this grant, which was approved. NHARL supports and promotes humane and environmentally friendly solutions in beaver management as an alternative to the lethal methods of trapping and killing beavers, offering small matching grants up to $500 towards the installation of these alternative methods (e.g. beaver pipe systems, fencing around trees).

You can watch a Timelapse Video of the April 23, 2018 installation of this outgoing culvert fence by Mike Callahan.

To apply for a grant, complete the Grant Application for Humane Beaver Management Solutions and send it to or NHARL, PO Box 4211, Concord, NH 03302-4211.

Protest Fur

This is the trapping table at the NH Fish and Game’s Discover Wild NH Day. At the same time they were promoting the torture and killing of innocent animals the NH Citizens Against Recreational Trapping and the NH Animal Rights League were right outside the event protesting the torture and killing.  It was a huge and successful protest, one of our largest ever.

Anti-trapping protesters hold up signs outside New Hampshire Fish and Game headquarters in Concord during Discover Wild New Hampshire Day, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (Photo by Elizabeth Frantz)

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Heron Pond Wildlife Need Our Help

Fundraising Campaign to Support Endangered Wild Animals at the
Heron Pond Wetland & Wildlife Preserve
An “ecological gem”!
The Wild Animals Are at Risk:
The 270 acres owned by the Town of Milford is home to the Blanding’s Turtle, an “umbrella” species. Being an “umbrella” species means that where the Blanding’s Turtle lives, then so do countless other animal species live under the naturally rich environmental umbrella. This is so true here that the natural resources scientist who studied this place calls it “an ecological gem”!
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All Creation Groans

All Creation Groans is about the lives of factory farmed animals.

About the Author

Sr. LUCILLE C. THIBODEAU, p.m., Ph.D., is Writer-in-Residence at Rivier University. A Professor of English, she was President of Rivier from 1997-2001. She earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University in Comparative Literature and is a Fellow of the American Council on Education. A member of the New Hampshire Wildlife Coalition and a board member of Voices of Wildlife in New Hampshire, her current work focuses on ethical, political, and legal issues concerning the treatment of wildlife. She presented the current essay at a conference on the ethics of eating animals at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics in July 2016.

This article is copyrighted 2017. The author retains the copyright.

Petition to Save the Bobcat

Please sign this January 2015 petition to Save the Bobcat in New Hampshire (NH residents only, please).

Bobcats in NH have not been trapped since 1989. However, trapping of bobcats may soon be legal again in NH, if our opposition to trapping them is not expressed and heard. Thus this petition and request for you to sign it. Trappers want to exploit bobcats to be able to sell their furs (pelts) for around $350 each, a significant chunk of money and incentive to trap them. This petition will be used to tell NH F&G and the NH Legislature that the public wants bobcats to be classified as a non-game species, not to be trapped or hunted ever again in NH. Thank you for signing.

Letter to the Editor
Nashua Telegraph online
January 5, 2011

Just say ‘no’ to trapping of bobcats in state

My sources inform me that the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department intends to open up a fur trapping season on bobcats at the conclusion of its current research with the University of New Hampshire to estimate the state’s bobcat population.

And it has the nerve to ask the unsuspecting public to help achieve its objective.

In a recent press release, Fish and Game’s Mark Ellingwood asks people to report bobcat sightings to the department if you are “supportive of our research efforts.”

I don’t know about you, but I am certainly unsupportive of the research because Fish and Game intends to use the results to open up the now closed trapping and hunting seasons to bobcats.

If you are against the trapping and hunting of bobcats, then let Fish and Game know by signing the petition that 4,174 people already have signed to say “no” to trapping and hunting of New Hampshire bobcats at

Suzanne L. Fournier

Charlotte’s Web

by E.B. White

After Fern raises the pig Wilbur briefly as a pet, he is sold to her uncle where he forms a friendship with Charlotte, a barn spider. Wilbur becomes a member of the community of farm animals until he learns that he will be slaughtered for Christmas dinner. The clever Charlotte thinks up a grand idea to save Wilbur’s life. Will it work?

The Plague Dogs

by Richard Adams

Two dogs escape from an experimental research station in the Lake District of England, where they have been horribly tortured and mistreated in the name of science. As they run for their lives, they attempt to survive wild and free. But the hunt is on…. Once again Adams champions animals against the excesses of man. Who will the victors be?

Richard Adams has written more wonderful books and is best known for Watership Down and Shardik.

Andrew’s Legacy

Andrew the Dog was killed by an illegally set, body-crushing conibear trap in December 2012

Andrew is the beautiful, mixed-breed dog who was killed in an illegally set body-crushing conibear trap in December of 2012.

Out for a walk with his owner on a public trail in Auburn, Andrew smelled the baited trap and couldn’t resist investigating. The trap slammed shut on his neck. His owner tried desperately to save him, but these types of traps are not meant to be easily opened. She did a lot of screaming as she tried to remove the trap but, in the end, it did not matter, as she watched her best friend suffer and die in front of her. She then walked almost a mile carrying his lifeless body off the trail, because no one leaves their best friend behind.

Andrew was rescued as a puppy. Even as a young animal, he had a huge distrust of humans. He showed fear of humans until he got to know them. His owner enrolled him in agility for fun class in hopes of socializing him and, slowly, Andrew began to realize that some humans were good. Last year, she discovered that he had several pellets embedded in his body. Suddenly, it all made sense. This dog had been used for target practice when he was less than three months old!

Andrew’s death is even sadder knowing that he started out in this world maltreated by human cruelty; and in the end, died from human cruelty. His lack of trust in our species appears to be justified by his tragic end.

Rest in peace Andrew, your death will not be in vain. We promise you we will work very hard to remove these body-crushing traps from New Hampshire’s outdoors, so that all your non-human brothers and sisters will be free to walk and run again without the fear of being killed or maimed in one of those cruel devices.