A saw-whet owl stands on a branch, staring directly into the camera. (photo © Jeremy Hynes via Unsplash)

Wildlife Research

Get to know the neighbors.

A Living Landscape

The SuperSanctuary and nearby protected lands are home to many creatures great and small — offering exceptional opportunities for wildlife study.

An American Kestrel in flight. (photo © Josh Haas)


Birds are everywhere, yet much remains unknown about their lives and conservation needs. Harris Center biologists monitor the fall raptor migration, band saw-whet owls, restore kestrel nesting habitat, and more — all in an effort to better understand and protect our winged neighbors.

Soar on in
A wood frog pauses on a Harrisville road. (photo © Paul Armbrust)


From the tiniest peeper — about the size of your fingernail — to larger frogs, toads, and salamanders, amphibians are vital to the health of our local ecosystems. Every year, our community science volunteers provide safe passage for migrating salamanders and frogs, document vernal pools, survey woodland salamander populations, and more.

Hop on over
Monarch butterflies resting on a cluster of purple asters. (photo © Beau Considine via the Flickr Creative Commons)


Each summer, the Harris Center works with community scientists to survey monarchs and other butterfly species as part of long-term monitoring efforts developed by the North American Butterfly Association, Monarch Watch, and other invertebrate conservation groups.

Spy on butterflies
A Broad-winged Hawk soars over a wooded hillside. (photo © Andre Moraes)


Whether it’s a Broad-winged Hawk flying 4,000 miles to South America or a spotted salamander clambering 1,000 feet to its breeding wetland, migration is a natural wonder — and often fraught with peril. Harris Center staff and volunteers work together to monitor the annual migrations of birds, butterflies, and amphibians. The data we collect contributes to wildlife conservation efforts at local, regional, and even global scales.

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Contact Us

For more information on conservation research with the Harris Center, please contact Brett Amy Thelen at (603) 525-3394 or by email.