Featured Observations

The Monadnock Region is home to a fantastic array of organisms, from the smallest of insects to massive trees, long-lived turtles, and migrating raptors. On this page, we’ll feature some of the most interesting photo observations from the SuperSanctuary Biodiversity project on iNaturalist.


A Pine Siskin at a Harris Center feeder. (photo © Nate Marchessault via iNaturalist)

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Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)

February 16, 2024 | Harris Center Headquarters

The bird feeders at the Harris Center Headquarters can be a fantastic place to observe songbirds at close range from the comfort of the Windows Room. This Pine Siskin was observed by @natemarchessault during one of two Harris Center outings in celebration of The Cornell Lab and National Audubon’s Great Backyard Bird Count! Pine Siskins are an irruptive finch species similar in size and shape to American Goldfinches but can be distinguished by their streaky breasts and yellow wash to their outer flight feathers.


Brown colored leatherleaf against a snowy ground. (photo © iNaturalist user stevetobin)

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Leatherleaf (Chamaedaphne calyculata)

January 21, 2024 | West Side Trails

Late winter, when wetlands have frozen over, can be an excellent time to observe perennial wetland plants, such as this leatherleaf documented by @stevetobin at Jack’s Pond on the Thumbs Down Trail in Hancock. This species is in the family Ericaceae and shares the same bell-shaped flowers as blueberries in the summer. Leatherleaf retains its bronze, leathery leaves in winter, forming hummocks on peat along marshes, ponds, and streams.

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