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October 2021

“Ask a Naturalist”: Autumn Edition

Thursday, October 21,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom

Join us for a fun, informal, nature-focused happy hour — via Zoom! Come prepared with questions about nearby nature, or just sit back and listen to our team of talented Harris Center naturalists as they share their own observations.

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Pack Monadnock View Clearing Volunteer Workday

Friday, October 22,
10:00 am
to 2:00 pm
Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory
Fall foliage from Observatory

Volunteers are needed to help maintain the view from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory observation platform!

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Hidden Ponds of the SuperSanctuary

Saturday, October 23,
9:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Dave Butler stands atop a stone wall on an early spring hike. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Dave Butler for a 3.5-mile hike into Shadrach and Tenney Ponds, which lie between the Thumb-Skatutakee ridgeline and Nubanusit Lake.

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Following in the Footsteps of John Kulish Along the North Branch

Sunday, October 24,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Stoddard
North Branch River in July. (photo © Russ Cobb)

Join Stan Smith for a moderately strenuous hike along the North Branch River, following one of John Kulish's favorite hunting routes.

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Accessible Birding at the Harris Center

Sunday, October 24,
9:00 am
to 10:30 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A groupd of kids peer through binoculars on the Harris Center front deck.

Join Harris Center Naturalist Emeritus Meade Cadot and longtime outing leader Ben Haubrich for a relaxed morning of birding on the Harris Center front deck, with great views of our bustling bird feeders. Beginning birders welcome!

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Bats of New Hampshire

Wednesday, October 27,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom

Join Sandra Houghton and Haley Andreozzi, coordinators of the NH Bat Counts program, to learn about the natural history and conservation of bats in the Granite State. Let bats into your heart this Halloween season with this bat-tastic program!

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Mushroom Meander with the Morel Quandary Club

Thursday, October 28,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
Hiroshi Land
A yellow mushroom growing on the forest floor, surrounded by pine needles. (photo © Jill Griffiths)

Join the Morel Quandary Club to look for polypores, russulas, amanitas, and other fabulous fungi, while learning the key points to mushroom identification.

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Nevermore! The Stories of Crows and Ravens

Thursday, October 28,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
A raven flying above a graveyard on a full-moon night. (photo © Jeanne Masar via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Phil Brown and Susie Spikol for a talk on the life, times, and folklore of crows and ravens. This dynamic blend of natural history and mythology will leave you with new admiration for these highly intelligent birds — just in time for their Halloween spotlight.

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November 2021

Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Peterborough

Tuesday, November 9,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Hiroshi Land
Naturalist Susie Spikol shares a wild find with toddlers, babies, and their parents during a Babies in Backpacks program. (photo © Ben Conant)

Calling all families with young children! Join Harris Center naturalist and animal lover Susie Spikol on the second Tuesday of each month to wander trails and meadows in search of wild finds.

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Easygoing Hike Along the Hiroshi Loop Trail

Sunday, November 14,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
Hiroshi Land
An autumn view of Dinsmore Pond, from the Hiroshi Land. (photo © Tom Momeyer)

Join Miki Clements-Collier for a moderately easy 2-mile hike along the Hiroshi Loop Trail, with great views over Dinsmore Pond to Skatutakee and Thumb Mountains.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Keene

Monday, November 15,
9:30 am
to 10:30 am
Tenant Swamp Boardwalk
Mother with baby in backpack

Join educator Liza Lowe for monthly family-friendly explorations in and around the green spaces of Keene. Tune into the changing seasons with your little ones, and enjoy the company of other families that like to be outside.

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Conservation Around the Globe

Tuesday, November 16,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Rhinoceros seen in Tanzania during a trip with the Katie Adamson Consrevation Fund. (photo © Katie Adamson Conservation Fund)

Join Dave Johnson of the Katie Adamson Conservation Fund for an introduction to wildlife conservation efforts — and opportunities for travelers to make conservation connections — well beyond the borders of the Monadnock Region.

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Nature on Tap: A Life with Raptors

Wednesday, November 17,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Post & Beam Brewing
Nature on Tap logo, featuring a leaf in a mug of beer

Join Chris Martin, raptor biologist and co-host of  NHPR’s "Something Wild," for a happy hour talk on his adventures with birds of prey. Learn how he got his start, and hear him recount some of his most spectacular experiences and close calls. Drinks on you, stories on us!

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Birdability: Because Birding is for Everybody…and Every Body

Thursday, November 18,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A group of people, some in wheelchairs, holding binoculars. (photo © Freya McGregor)

Join Freya McGregor of Birdability — a new non-profit working to ensure that the birding community is welcoming, inclusive, safe, and accessible for people with mobility challenges and other disabilities — for a welcoming introduction to accessibility in the outdoors.

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Post-Thanksgiving Hike around Otter Brook Lake

Sunday, November 28,
10:00 am
to 1:30 pm
Otter Brook Lake

Burn off the turkey with Brian Bishoff and Denny Wheeler on this moderately easy, 3-mile hike around Otter Brook Lake.

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Raptors of the Monadnock Region: What We’re Learning

Tuesday, November 30,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A Broad-winged Hawk in flight, as viewed from above. (photo © raven.digital)

Join Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory coordinator Phil Brown for an introduction to raptor research efforts in the Monadnock Region and beyond.

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December 2021

Environmental Studies Institute: The Nature of Poetry

Thursday, December 2,
1:00 pm
to 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, December 16, 2021

Zoom
A man sits under a tree at dusk reading a book, which lights up as if by magic. (photo © Josh Hild via Unsplash)

Explore nature poetry classics from Blake to Oliver, Yeats to Levertov, Stevens to Kenyon – as well as some of the ways such poetry can transform our experiences of nature.

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Winter Birds of the Monadnock Region

Thursday, December 2,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A Dark-eyed Junco standing on a snowy branch. (photo © Scott Hecker)

Join conservation biologist and avid birder Steven Lamonde for a look at the birds found in the Monadnock Region during the coldest months of year. Find out how they survive winter’s grasp, and discover how you can help scientists learn more about our region’s bird populations.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Keene

Thursday, December 9,
9:30 am
to 10:30 am
Keene
A mother and her baby smile on a Harris Center outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join educator Liza Lowe for monthly family-friendly explorations in and around the green spaces of Keene. Tune into the changing seasons with your little ones, and enjoy the company of other families that like to be outside.

Learn more »

Environmental Studies Institute: The Nature of Poetry

Thursday, December 9,
1:00 pm
to 2:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, December 16, 2021

Zoom
A man sits under a tree at dusk reading a book, which lights up as if by magic. (photo © Josh Hild via Unsplash)

Explore nature poetry classics from Blake to Oliver, Yeats to Levertov, Stevens to Kenyon – as well as some of the ways such poetry can transform our experiences of nature.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Peterborough

Tuesday, December 14,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Shieling Forest
A line of children and their parents practice "walking like a wolf" through the snow during a Harris Center tracking program. (photo © Bill Gnade)

Calling all families with young children! Join Harris Center naturalist and animal lover Susie Spikol on the second Tuesday of each month to wander trails and meadows in search of wild finds.

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Environmental Studies Institute: The Nature of Poetry

Thursday, December 16,
1:00 pm
to 2:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, December 16, 2021

Zoom
A man sits under a tree at dusk reading a book, which lights up as if by magic. (photo © Josh Hild via Unsplash)

Explore nature poetry classics from Blake to Oliver, Yeats to Levertov, Stevens to Kenyon – as well as some of the ways such poetry can transform our experiences of nature.

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48th Annual Christmas Bird Count for Hancock, Peterborough, and Surrounding Towns

Saturday, December 18
Hancock, Peterborough and Surrounding Towns

Begun locally in 1973, the Christmas Bird Count is the world’s oldest and largest biological survey and citizen science endeavor, with thousands of participants worldwide. No need to be an expert!

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