Field Report from the 2021 Vernal Pool Project
In 2021, our community scientists documented 8 new vernal pools in three Monadnock Region towns.
In 2021, our community scientists documented 8 new vernal pools in three Monadnock Region towns.
In the fall of 2021, our red-backed salamander study plots were found in disarray. What happened to them?
The Harris Center recognized several extraordinary partners and volunteers at our 51st Annual Meeting on October 15.
NH Audubon recently honored the Harris Center’s Eric Masterson with the Goodhue-Elkins Award for outstanding contributions to the study of New Hampshire birds.
In July, Harris Center staff and volunteers worked with Loon Preservation Committee biologists to rescue an adult loon that had been swept down Nubanusit Brook in high water.
In an exciting new research collaboration, biologists from Hawk Mountain Sanctuary recently attached satellite transmitters to three Broad-winged Hawks nesting in the SuperSanctuary.
“Nightsongs” — a wondrous short film about nocturnal bird migration featuring our very own Eric Masterson — has won an Emmy!
This year, Harris Center staff members and their families cared for 24 snapping turtle hatchlings as part of a pilot project aimed at giving baby turtles a “headstart” on life.
Congratulations to the winners of our “Celebrate Turtles” coloring contest with wildlife artist Matt Patterson!
Welcome to Harris Center Reads — a series of curated book lists for readers of all ages! Here, we share our recommendations for books about bees.
Join the Harris Center and award-winning wildlife artist Matt Patterson for a kids’ coloring contest that celebrates New Hampshire turtles.
We’re making some changes to our Salamander Crossing Brigade program for 2021. Here’s what you need to know.
Welcome to Harris Center Reads — a monthly, curated book list for readers of all ages! In February, we share our recommendations for books about fellow naturalist Charles Darwin, who was born this month in 1809.
2020 was a different kind of year for the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory. Here are the highlights.
Welcome to Harris Center Reads — a monthly, curated book list for readers of all ages! In January, we share our recommendations for books about owls.
The 2020 Christmas Bird Count saw record-high counts for many species, including Bald Eagles and White-winged Crossbills.
In 2020, our socially-distant citizen scientists documented 8 new vernal pools in four Monadnock Region towns.
Welcome to Harris Center Reads — a monthly, curated book list for readers of all ages! In December, we share our recommendations for books about winter.
This is a banner year to see irruptive winter finches! A bonanza of Red Crossbills found its way to the Harris Center in late summer, and there are more finches to come in the colder months.
Jack McWhorter has spent the summer and fall artfully carving creatures out of downed trees along the Harris Center’s Harriskat Trail.
The Motus Wildlife Tracking System is revolutionizing the study of winged migration, and it’s coming to the Monadnock Region!
The Harris Center is pleased to announce the publication of a new perpetual nature calendar created by naturalist Francie Von Mertens.
Welcome to Harris Center Reads — a monthly, curated book list for readers of all ages! In November, we share our recommendations for books about ever-entertaining, everyday squirrels.
Welcome to Harris Center Reads — a monthly, curated book list for readers of all ages! In September, when migrating raptors soar and swirl overhead, we share our recommendations for books about hawks.
Welcome to Harris Center Reads — a monthly, curated book list for readers of all ages! In August, we share our recommendations for books about water.
The Harris Center is working Hawk Mountain to tag Broad-winged Hawks with satellite transmitters, as part of ongoing efforts to better understand the ecology and migratory behavior of this iconic species.
The Harris Center is launching a new 50th Anniversary Fund, which will seed innovative education and conservation research projects for years to come, as well as provide for stewardship of the land and trails in our care. Four initial projects have already received funding.
Welcome to Harris Center Reads — a monthly, curated book list for readers of all ages! In July, we share our recommendations for books about bugs.
Everyone should feel safe to explore the natural world, free of harassment or prejudice, and we will work to ensure that our trails, lands, and programs are welcoming spaces for all.
For the last few summers, loon nests on Harris Center land along Spoonwood Pond have failed due to predation. This year, the Spoonwood loons may fare better, thanks to the installation of a new nest raft.
Welcome to Harris Center Reads — a monthly, curated book list for readers of all ages! In June, we share our recommendations for books about amphibians and reptiles.
The Harris Center is home to a new “chimney” — designed to serve as nesting habitat for Chimney Swifts, a species in decline.
Listen to spring unfold through the sounds of night-migrating birds.
The Harris Center is here to help you stay connected to the outdoors. Here are some ways you can find solace, comfort, and inspiration in the natural world.
Calling All Artists from Pre-K Through Grade 12! You’re invited to participate in our first-ever kids’ art contest and exhibit.
Our Salamander Crossing Brigade program will be running a little differently in 2020. Here’s what you need to know.
Following two successful seasons of amphibian detours at North Lincoln Street, the City of Keene will be working with the Harris Center on limited closures of the Jordan Road amphibian crossing site, as well.
2019 was a memorable year for the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory. Here’s what we learned.
SB 588 would prohibit “wanton waste” of wild animals and place a ban on coyote killing contests in New Hampshire.
The spots on spotted salamanders are like fingerprints on humans: unique to individuals. Here’s how to contribute to our database of salamander spot patterns.
Join us for a “Big Year of Birding” — a year-long effort to celebrate 50 years of land protection and environmental education by cataloguing the birds that make the SuperSanctuary their home.
In 2019, our interns and citizen scientists documented 23 new vernal pools in four Monadnock Region towns.
The Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory is now entering its 15th consecutive year of hawk migration data collection and education.
2018 was a monumental year for the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory. Here’s what we learned.
Keene is once again considering a proposal to close the North Lincoln Street amphibian crossing site to vehicle traffic on “Big Nights.” You can help make it happen.
Eric Masterson reflects on the 2018 Christmas Bird Count. This year’s stories: scarcity….and grosbeaks.
Have a natural history artifact (skull, bone, nest) you’d like to donate to our teaching collection? Here’s what you need to know.
In 2018, our citizen scientists documented 23 new vernal pools in five Monadnock Region towns.
We’re delighted to announce that the Harris Center and New Hampshire Audubon have entered into a new partnership to provide research and education staffing for the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory.
The Keene City Council recently voted unanimously in favor of closing a local road to vehicle traffic on amphibian migration nights, in large part because of data collected by our Salamander Brigade volunteers.
Whether you’re a veteran Salamander Crossing Brigade volunteer or a new recruit, here’s how to prepare for helping amphibians cross the road on Big Nights.
The City of Keene is considering a proposal to close the North Lincoln Street amphibian crossing site to vehicle traffic on “Big Nights.”
Join us for the 118th year of this celebrated tradition.
Find out about outstanding, albeit last-minute, opportunities to experience the great outdoors.
In 2017, our citizen scientists documented 46 new vernal pools in ten towns.
This spring, our Salamander Crossing Brigade volunteers saved 3,675 salamanders, frogs, and toads from the crush of the tire.
In 2016, our intrepid citizen scientists documented 50 new vernal pools in ten Monadnock Region towns.
Eric Masterson is about to embark on an epic journey, following the migration route of the Broad-winged Hawk from New Hampshire to South America — by bicycle.
Harris Center citizen scientists recently aided in the discovery of a Common Nighthawk nest in downtown Keene − complete with a healthy fledgling.
In the wake of widespread public outcry, NHFG has withdrawn their controversial proposal to reinstitute a bobcat hunting and trapping season in the Granite State.
Despite overwhelming public opposition, the NHFG Commission has moved forward with a proposal to re-institute a bobcat hunting and trapping season.
Work is nearly complete on a stream restoration project at Falls Brook in Swanzey.
In 2015, our citizen scientists documented 30 new vernal pools, bringing our project total to 190 documented pools on public and conserved lands in the Monadnock Region.
A dedicated group of volunteers spent this past year turning the Harris Center’s old swimming pool into a new pollinator garden, and it’s now open for visitors.
The NHFG Commission has voted to move forward with opening a bobcat hunting and trapping season in the Granite State. The Harris Center strongly opposes this proposal.
In 2014, our citizen scientists and student interns documented 33 new vernal pools in ten towns.
Spotted salamanders are one of a kind.
Salamanders can get you into a good college.
The goal of this study was to figure out how many amphibians cross the road at North Lincoln Street each spring, and what percentage of them are helped along by the Crossing Brigades.
Salamanders can stop you in your tracks.
Salamanders are everywhere.
We’re launching a new conservation research initiative focused on our Salamander Crossing Brigades.
This spring, our citizen scientists documented 50 new vernal pools in seven towns.
Two of our most prominent citizen science programs center around amphibians and their habitat. Why this focus on frogs, toads, and salamanders?
The Harris Center recently installed a fishing line recycling bin at Robb Reservoir.
Andrea Dube and Gail Woolridge were honored for their collaboration on a Birds Across the Seasons curriculum for 3rd graders.
This was the Vernal Pool Project’s inaugural year in Peterborough, where 20 enthusiastic citizen scientists visited 50 potential vernal pools.
Bear expert Ben Kilham spoke to a rapt audience of 160+ Harris Center members at our annual members-only event.
This is the first confirmation of a nighthawk nest in Keene since at least 2007.
Longtime Salamander Crossing Brigade volunteer Emily Wilson won an award for her essay, “Goldenrod Spots.”
We’re working with a team of partners to restore stream connectivity in the Ashuelot watershed.
Conservation research that’s local, personal, accessible, and collaborative.
Researchers from UNH and NHFG are teaming up on a statewide bobcat study, and they want your help.
Owl bander Chris Volonte is back on the saw-whet beat again, and she reports that 2010 may be shaping up to be a big year.
This fall, Antioch University New England partnered with AVEO staff and volunteers for a third year of fall migration songbird banding in Keene.
We’ll once again be monitoring migratory birds as they make their way through the Ashuelot Valley this fall.
This is the only documented successful breeding by nighthawks in the entire state this year.
We’re thrilled to partner on the first-ever Northern Saw-whet Owl banding project in southwest New Hampshire.