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Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
100 Merrimac Street
Newington, New Hampshire 03801
Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge webpage
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Great Bay NWR
Coordinates: 43.089388, -70.8436954
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Great Bay NWR–Former Weapons Storage Area
Coordinates: 43.0883537, -70.8474183
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Great Bay NWR–Furber Strait Platform
Coordinates: 43.0906102, -70.8600247
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Great Bay NWR–Herods Cove
Coordinates: 43.073653, -70.8473969
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Great Bay NWR–McIntyre Rd.
Coordinates: 43.0861181, -70.8362113
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Great Bay NWR–Peverly Brook Upper Pond Trail
Coordinates: 43.0892226, -70.8433888
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Great Bay NWR–Stubbs Pond (restricted access)
Coordinates: 43.0784178, -70.8456802
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Great Bay NWR–Woodman Pt. Cove
Coordinates: 43.0769131, -70.8621597
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Great Bay NWR–Woodman Pt. Marsh
Coordinates: 43.0774147, -70.8568382
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Tips for birding Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
From Birdwatching in New Hampshire, p. 103.

From NH-16 exit 1 in Newington, take Pease Boulevard for .5 mile. Turn right on Arboretum Drive and drive about 3.3 miles past the end of the Pease runway to the parking lot for the refuge.

On one side of the parking lot is a small woodland trail loop called the Peverly Pond Trail, .5 mile long. In late March and April, this is a good place for Ring-necked Ducks, and other waterfowl are possible.

On the other side, the Ferry Way Trail (2 miles round trip) runs for a mile before it reaches the Bay at an overlook across from Adams Point. The far portion of this trail is perhaps a little under birded but the immediate parking area has excellent habitat for Field Sparrows, Thrashers, and Towhees. Perhaps the most productive part of this trail is the section from the end of the fence to just past the small pond and marshy area where the trail branches off to the right: this section can be full of passerines. Osprey nest on poles within the fenced portion. Kestrel, Turkeys, and Pileated Woodpeckers are also resident. And during migration, almost any species of warbler is possible.

About Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge
The Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1992 on a portion of the former Pease Air Force Base in Newington, NH. The 1,089-acre refuge was created to encourage the natural diversity of plants and wildlife, protect endangered and threatened species, and enhance the water quality of aquatic habitats. A variety of habitats is found on the refuge, including upland forest, grassland, salt marsh, freshwater, and seven miles of intertidal shoreline.

The refuge also manages the 28-acre Karner Blue Easement, located 45 miles west in Concord. The easement is one of the few remaining parcels of pine barren habitat in the state and is home to the federally-endangered Karner blue butterfly.

Both Great Bay refuge and the Karner Blue Butterfly easement are administered by Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, located in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
From Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge webpage