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The Harris Center is pleased to announce the publication of the new Nature Almanac & Calendar, a daily guided tour through the natural world in text and photos. Written by longtime nature columnist and Harris Center field trip leader Francie Von Mertens, each daily entry features plants, wildlife, and the relationships that make up their natural communities. In Francie’s words:
The intention is to present a Nature 101 course of sorts, accumulative through the seasons: pollinators and their plants, so mutually dependent; fungi, meriting their own kingdom; the importance of wetlands; a birdsong tutorial. There’s lots more. People are in there, too, including naturalists who inspire.
The almanac offers insights into seasonal change in backyards and beyond, with a focus on the natural landscape familiar to New England. It’s a perpetual calendar, so there’s no best starting day: November 8 works just as well as January 1 — which makes it a perfect gift any time of the year! Whether for a home, classroom, or office, for a budding or confirmed nature enthusiast, it will deepen connections with our natural world. Brimful of information, they can be enjoyed for many years.
When the almanacs are purchased directly through the Harris Center here, all proceeds support our environmental education, land protection, and conservation research programs. They can also be purchased at all three Toadstool Bookshops and at Steele’s Stationers in Peterborough.
This project was supported by the Harris Center’s 50th Anniversary Fund.