A pair of naturalists investigates leaf litter in the Harris Center woods. (photo © Ben Conant)

Conservation Research

Study the SuperSanctuary.

Science in the SuperSanctuary & Beyond

The Harris Center supports conservation research on our lands – and throughout the Monadnock Region – via undergraduate, graduate, and other professional study, as well as our popular community science initiatives.

Karen and Susan Sielke, longtime citizen scientists with the Harris Center, consult their clipboard. (photo © Cynthia Nichols)

Community Science

The Harris Center’s community science projects connect people to science, with conservation in mind. Our volunteers count migrating amphibians, search for vernal pools, monitor endangered birds, and more.

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A Golden Eagle soars against a backdrop of blue sky. (photo © Tom Koerner/USFWS)

Monitoring the Fall Raptor Migration

Every autumn, thousands of hawks, eagles, and other raptors wing through New Hampshire on their way to wintering grounds in South and Central America — a spectacle that is considered one of the great wonders of the natural world. At the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory in Peterborough, Harris Center biologists collect hawk migration data as part of an international effort to monitor raptor population trends.

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A black bear family captured via trail cam as part of a wildlife survey on Harris Center lands. (photo © Viktor Rasum & James Fitzgerald)

Research on Our Lands

The Harris Center has directly protected more than 23,000 acres of land in the Monadnock Region, much of which is open to conservation research. We also welcome research in collaboration with our popular community science initiatives and longstanding environmental education programs.

Harris Center Director Jeremy Wilson trains a team of interns in tree identification. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Undergraduate Research

We support undergraduate research in environmental studies, geography, and related disciplines by training students in field methods, working with faculty to design capstone research experiences with applied conservation value, and hosting undergraduate internships.

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UNH Cooperative Extension forester Steve Roberge waxes poetic on the science of sugarbush management. (photo © Ben Conant)

Locally-Grown Science

Learn from local scientists during this full-day conference spotlighting conservation research, ecological restoration, and natural resource management in in the Monadnock Region.

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Contact Us

For more information on conservation research with the Harris Center, please contact Brett Amy Thelen at (603) 358-2065 or by email.