Conservation Research News

Monitoring American Goshawks in the SuperSanctuary & Beyond

A new Harris Center research project is using acoustic monitoring to search for the secretive American Goshawk, a species in decline.

Uncovering the Mysteries of Wood Thrush Migration

An ambitious new study aims to track the Wood Thrush migration throughout North and Central America — including several birds tagged on Harris Center lands.

A Bird Conservation Update: Spring 2024

This spring, Harris Center staff, interns, and volunteers have installed nest boxes, monitored goshawk breeding territories, and more.

Final Report from the 2023 Hawk Watch

2023 was another successful year at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory. Here are the highlights.

Salamander Crossing Brigade Updates for 2024

We’ve made a few updates to our Salamander Crossing Brigade program for 2024! Here’s what you need to know.

Field Report from the 2023 Saw-whet Owl Banding Project

In the fall of 2023, the Harris Center launched its second season of saw-whet owl banding on SuperSanctuary lands, as part of an international research effort to better understand this charismatic species.

Harris Center Kestrels Win the Superbowl of Birding

The Harris Center “Kestrels” placed first in the birding competition, and raised funds for kestrel conservation efforts.

Field Report from the 2023 Vernal Pool Project

In 2023, our community scientists and interns documented 5 new vernal pools in four Monadnock Region towns.

Exemplary Educator, Volunteers & Partners Honored at 2023 Annual Meeting

The Harris Center recognized several exemplary partners and volunteers at our 53rd Annual Meeting on October 22.

A Raptor Conservation Update

This breeding season, Harris Center staff, interns, and volunteers banded 17 American Kestrel chicks and monitored six Broad-winged Hawk nests and territories. Next up — tallying the migrating raptors soaring over Pack Monadnock!

Interns Gain Hands-on Experience in the Field

In the summer of 2023, interns provided essential support for a wide variety of projects, from conservation easement monitoring to invasive species removal to forest community inventory.

If You Build It, They Will Come: A Kestrel Update

This spring, volunteers, interns, and staff from the Harris Center constructed and placed more than 20 nest boxes for kestrels in 11 towns across the Monadnock Region.