Date: 12/30/18 11:02 am
From: Christine Sheridan <cmsbirds...>
Subject: [NHBirds] RE:Monson Village hotspot--we need another hotspot!
Monson Village, as a hotspot, should really refer to the land off old Adams
Road, mostly in Milford. This land was carefully protected by owners and
abutters for literally centuries, as the location of the main early
settlement in the ancient town of Monson.

Monson itself was a very large tract of land comprising large areas of
Milford and Hollis, but was not viable as a town for various reasons, and
was split up among the adjoining towns.

The little area of the settled village became threatened by development,
and through hard work, fundraising and land donation eventually was saved
and is now protected by the Society for New Hampshire Forests.

Its habitat consists largely of hayfield and older forest.

The land on the other side of Federal Hill Road the road is younger
growth, power lines etc., and crisscrossed by snowmobile trails and logging
roads.

Both areas are great birding locations, but are quite different.

I tried to get a new Hotspot for the "Birch Hill trails" through eBird--I
really think it would be useful. In the case of the Golden-winged Warbler,
people used various spots, under various names, some under "Monson
Village".

Chris Sheridan
Nashua

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