Birds & Birding News

A New Nighthawk Migration Monitoring Initiative Takes Flight

This August, the Harris Center piloted a monitoring effort to document the fall migration of the state-endangered Common Nighthawk through the Monadnock Region.

Protecting a Rare Grassland Bird in Greenfield

Grasshopper Sparrows have a better chance for breeding success in Greenfield, thanks to several friends of the Harris Center.

Harris Center Reads: Migration

This spring, go on the trip of a lifetime with these books about one of nature’s most remarkable phenomena — migration.

Final Report from the 2021 Hawk Watch

2021 was a notable year for the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory. Here are the highlights.

Eric Masterson Honored with Goodhue-Elkins Award

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.

A Dramatic Loon Rescue on Nubanusit Brook

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.

“Nightsongs” Wins an Emmy

“Nightsongs” — a wondrous short film about nocturnal bird migration featuring our very own Eric Masterson — has won an Emmy!

Field Report from the 2020 Hawk Watch

2020 was a different kind of year for the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory. Here are the highlights.

Highlights of the 2020 Christmas Bird Count

The 2020 Christmas Bird Count saw record-high counts for many species, including Bald Eagles and White-winged Crossbills.

An Irruption Year for Finches

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.

New Motus Station Will Contribute to Migration Research

The Motus Wildlife Tracking System is revolutionizing the study of winged migration, and it’s coming to the Monadnock Region!

An Update on our Broad-winged Hawk Tracking Project

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.