Kensan Devan Wildlife Sanctuary

Kensan Devan Wildlife Sanctuary

598 Acres
2.3 Miles of Trails
Marlborough, NH

Meetinghouse Pond is located on the western slope of Mt. Monadnock, about 4.4 miles from the summit. Much of the forested, undeveloped shoreline of this 45 acre pond has been protected for over 200 years as town land. Because of the generosity of conservation-minded Marlborough residents, the remainder of the pond’s shoreline is protected as part of the 579 acre Kensan Devan Meetinghouse Pond Wildlife Sanctuary.

Containing a mosaic of wetland and upland habitat types, the Sanctuary is wooded with deciduous and mixed forest.

Forestry for the Birds

Forestry work completed in recent years at Kensan-Devan Wildlife Sanctuary is a direct result of our careful planning.

It started by working with The Ecosystem Management Company, a subsidiary of Meadowsend Timberlands Ltd., to create a forest management plan for the 590 acre wildlife sanctuary back in 2015. In general, the bird habitat goals for Kensan Devan were and still are, to protect and maintain interior forest habitat, protect interior wetlands, create early successional habitat, and increase forest structure and vertical diversity.

Specifically, our goals were to create habitat for and increase the presence of key breeding birds: Black Throated Blue Warbler, Black Throated Green Warbler, Canada Warbler, Chestnut Sided Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Towhee, Blue-headed Vireo, Eastern Wood Pewee, and Wood Thrush.

Read more about the recent forestry activities at Kensan-Devan:

Forest Management for the Birds: Part III (Afield, Summer 2022)

Forest Management for the Birds: Part II (Afield, Winter 2017-18)

Forest Management for the Birds: Part I (Afield, Winter 2015-16)

Lamonde, S, and J. Littleton. (2021). Five Years Post-Harvest: Breeding Bird Population Survey and Habitat Assessment for the Kensan-Devan Wildlife Sanctuary. Moosewood Ecological LLC, Chesterfield, New Hampshire.

The Ecosystem Management Company (TEMC). (2015). Forest Management Plan for the New Hampshire Audubon Kensan-Devan Wildlife Sanctuary.

Witko, Chad. (2019). The Impact of “Forestry for the Birds” Management on the Avian Community at Kensan-Devan Wildlife Sanctuary in Marlborough, NH after the First Year. Master’s Thesis. Antioch New England.

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Founded in 1914, NH Audubon’s mission is to protect New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and for people. It is an independent statewide membership organization with four nature centers throughout the state. Expert educators give programs to children, families, and adults at centers and in schools. Staff biologists and volunteers conduct bird conservation efforts such as the Peregrine Falcon restoration. NH Audubon protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and is a voice for sound public policy on environmental issues. For information on NH Audubon, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries, and publications, call 224-9909, or visit