A Living Laboratory for Conservation Science
The Harris Center’s protected lands include 21 peaks over 1,500 feet in elevation, 17 lakes and ponds (and many smaller waterbodies), 95 miles of rivers and streams, 21 miles of hiking trails, several scenic roads, and more than 1,600 acres of diverse wetlands including floodplain, swamp, marsh, fen, and wet meadow — much of which are open to conservation research. We also welcome research in conjunction with our many citizen science programs.
Learn how we work with undergraduate researchers, read up on featured projects, browse a list of research needs and opportunities on Harris Center lands, or share your own ideas for science in the SuperSanctuary.
Bird banders examine the wear on a Blue Jay's wings in order to assess its age. (photo © David Moon)
A budding scientist uses a power drill to take a tree core. (photo © Laurel Swope-Brush)
A beaver is photographed by a motion-sensor trail camera as part of a wildlife survey on the Harris Center's Hiroshi Land. (photo © Lizzy King & Josh Dallesander)
A family of bears is photographed by a motion-sensor trail camera as part of a wildlife survey on SuperSanctuary lands. (photo © Viktor Rasum & James Fitzgerald)
A Red-Eyed Vireo, banded by biologists in conjunction with the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)
A team uses a kicknet to sample aquatic macroinvertebrates. (photo © David Moon)
For more information on conservation research with the Harris Center, please contact Brett Amy Thelen at (603) 358-2065 or by email.