An undergraduate researcher sets out a transect in a milkweed patch in Peterborough. (photo © Mark Wilson)

Research in the Region

Science Beyond the SuperSanctuary

Although the Harris Center welcomes scientific study on our protected lands, our conservation research work isn’t limited to the SuperSanctuary.

Our popular community science programs bring people and science together throughout the Monadnock Region. The Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory collects fall hawk migration data from the summit of Pack Monadnock in Miller State Park. Our Broad-winged Hawk tagging project with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania is shedding new light on the migration of this iconic raptor species, and our Motus Wildlife Tracking System station is part of an international network that is revolutionizing the study of winged migration. We also work with many partners to coordinate the Monadnock Region Natural History Conference, showcasing a diversity of regional research projects.

A Salamander Crossing Brigade volunteer tallies a spotted salamander during the spring amphibian migration. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

A Salamander Crossing Brigade volunteer tallies a spotted salamander during the spring amphibian migration. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

A technician installs antennas on the Motus receiving station at the Harris Center's Granite Lake Headwaters property. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

A technician installs antennas on the Motus receiving station at the Harris Center's Granite Lake Headwaters property. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

A Broad-winged Hawk with a newly-affixed satellite transmitter. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

A Broad-winged Hawk with a newly-affixed satellite transmitter. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

A biologist scouts for migrating hawks at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory. (photo © Ben Conant)

A biologist scouts for migrating hawks at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory. (photo © Ben Conant)

Contact Us

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