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August 2018

Celebrating Our Trip Leaders and Trail Stewards

Saturday, August 18
*** NOTE: This event has been postponed. ***
Lupines bloom above Island Pond in Stoddard. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Calling all volunteer trip leaders and trail stewards! Join Harris Center staff for a scenic lunch at a cabin above Island Pond, as a thank you for your incredible and much-appreciated work.

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Raptor Volunteer Educator Training

Thursday, August 23,
9:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
People peer through binoculars at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Calling all hawk fans – we’re in need of volunteer educators to help out at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory this fall! In this volunteer training, we'll teach you the tricks of the trade, so you’ll be well prepared for sharing your love of hawks with kids who are hawkwatching for the first time.

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September 2018

Easygoing Hike to White Ledges in Temple

Friday, September 7,
10:00 am
to 2:00 pm

Join Lee Baker and Rich Taylor for a moderately strenuous, 4-mile hike to White Ledges, with views toward Nashua and Manchester.

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Pollinate New England

Saturday, September 8,
6:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College
A bee gathers pollen at a colorful flower. (photo © Tianne Strombeck)

Pollinators need plants, and plants need pollinators. Without both, our entire food system is at risk. Join us for a talk on the plight of pollinators and how you can help – including recommendations for garden plants that best support local pollinators.

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Raptor Ready with New Hampshire Audubon

Sunday, September 9,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A rehabilitated Broad-winged Hawk awaits release back to the wild. (photo © Ken Bergman)

Get ready for the greatest show above earth -- the fall hawk migration! Learn what to look for and where to look for it, then experience a close encounter with one of NH Audubon’s live raptors.

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Tracking Ospreys from New Hampshire to South America

Monday, September 10,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
Hancock Town Library
An osprey peers out from its nest. (photo © Bill Crouse)

Join Iain MacLeod for an introduction to Project OspreyTrack, a multi-year project that uses GPS trackers to follow Ospreys from their nests in New Hampshire to their wintering grounds in South America and back.

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Fall Hawk Watch Tune-Up

Wednesday, September 12,
7:00 pm
to 8:15 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A Red-shouldered Hawk in flight. (photo © Diana Robinson)

Join Francie Von Mertens for a review of basic raptor ID tips at the beginning of the fall hawk watch season. Whether you watch with others at the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory or from your own backyard, tune-up to better tune-in to one of the wonders of the natural world!

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Nocturnal Nature: Listening to Bird Migration

Thursday, September 13,
7:00 pm
to 8:15 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Snow geese migrating across a moonlit sky. (photo © Dagmar Collins)

For the last several years, Eric Masterson has been operating a nocturnal flight call station from his yard in Hancock, recording and analyzing the calls of migrating birds as they pass unseen overhead. Join him to learn about this fascinating and little-known window into bird migration.

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Surveying for Salamanders

Friday, September 14,
3:00 pm
to 5:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join Brett Amy Thelen for an afternoon of monitoring our redbacked salamander research plots. We’ll start at the Harris Center with a brief introduction to redbacked salamander ecology and to our study methods, then head into the woods to survey for salamanders. No experience necessary!

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Shinrin Yoku / Forest Bathing

Monday, September 17,
12:00 pm
to 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, October 1, 2018

Shieling Forest
Fallen leaves rest on a wooden boardwalk in the woods. (photo © Lee Sullivan)

Through yoga poses, deep breathing, outdoor meditation, and quiet sensory observations, our revitalizing "forest bathing" lunch break will help you catch your breath, slow down, and find solace in nature.

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Raptor Migration in NH: What the Numbers Tell Us

Tuesday, September 18,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A kettle of Broad-winged Hawks against the backdrop of a bluebird sky. (photo © Billtacular via Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Pack Monadnock Hawk Watch Coordinator Phil Brown for a talk about hawkwatching in New Hampshire, raptor identification, and the natural history of commonly-seen hawk species.

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Bat Conservation in New Hampshire

Thursday, September 20,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Hancock Town Library
A little brown bat hangs in a cave. (photo © USFWS)

Join Sandra Houghton (NHFG) and Jesse Mohr (Native Geographic) to learn about the ecology of New Hampshire bats, bat-friendly forestry, and what you can do to help local bats.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Hancock

Friday, September 21,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A young boy peers at something small held by Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join us for this slow, simple ramble at the Harris Center, specially geared towards babies, toddlers, and their caregivers. As we go, we’ll search for signs and sounds of autumn -- animal sign, migrating birds, acorns, beechnuts, wild seeds, and more.

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Mount Monadnock Hike and Hawk Watch

Saturday, September 22,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Dublin Trail, Mount Monadnock
A kettle of Broad-winged Hawks against the backdrop of a bluebird sky. (photo © Billtacular via Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Tom Warren during peak hawk migration week for a hike and hawk watch along Mount Monadnock's Dublin Trail. Though we'll not be visiting the summit, we'll be sure to stop at several vantage points to scan the sky for southbound migrants.

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Pack Monadnock Raptor Release

Saturday, September 22,
3:00 pm
to 4:30 pm
Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory
Eric Masterson releases a rehabilitated hawk. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join us for the special send-off of a rehabilitated migratory bird of prey! This annual event is timed to coincide with the peak of the Broad-winged Hawk migration, so bring your binoculars and hope to witness a spectacle.

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Shinrin Yoku / Forest Bathing

Monday, September 24,
12:00 pm
to 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, October 1, 2018

Shieling Forest
Fallen leaves rest on a wooden boardwalk in the woods. (photo © Lee Sullivan)

Through yoga poses, deep breathing, outdoor meditation, and quiet sensory observations, our revitalizing "forest bathing" lunch break will help you catch your breath, slow down, and find solace in nature.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Peterborough

Friday, September 28,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Hiroshi Land
Young children look closely at a bullfrog, held by Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join us for this slow, simple ramble at the Hiroshi Land in Peterborough, specially geared towards babies, toddlers, and their caregivers. As we go, we’ll search for signs and sounds of autumn -- animal sign, migrating birds, acorns, beechnuts, wild seeds, and more.

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Gilgamesh: A Retelling of an Ancient Tale

Friday, September 28,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A group of people tells stories around a campfire. (photo © Ville Miettinen)

Join master storyteller Sebastian Lockwood as we gather around the campfire for a new telling of the 4,000-year-old epic, Gilgamesh – a Mesopotamian myth filled with adventure, friendship, loyalty, and even a monster.

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Mount Monadnock Hike and Hawk Watch

Saturday, September 29,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Dublin Trail, Mount Monadnock
A Coopers Hawk in flight. (photo © Stan Lupo)

Join Tom Warren for a 2.5- to 3-mile hike and hawk watch from points along Mount Monadnock's Dublin Trail. We'll not be visiting the summit, but we'll be sure to stop at several vantage points to scan the sky for southbound migrants.

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October 2018

Shinrin Yoku / Forest Bathing

Monday, October 1,
12:00 pm
to 1:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, October 1, 2018

Shieling Forest
Fallen leaves rest on a wooden boardwalk in the woods. (photo © Lee Sullivan)

Through yoga poses, deep breathing, outdoor meditation, and quiet sensory observations, our revitalizing "forest bathing" lunch break will help you catch your breath, slow down, and find solace in nature.

Learn more »

Easygoing Paddle on Ashuelot Pond

Friday, October 5,
10:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Ashuelot Pond

Join Lee Baker and Rich Taylor for a paddle on scenic Ashuelot Pond in Washington.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Hancock

Sunday, October 7,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Jaquith Rail Trail
Susie Spikol Faber and some young friends find an earthworm.

Join us for this slow, simple ramble along the Jaquith Rail Trail, specially geared towards babies, toddlers, and their caregivers. As we go, we’ll search for signs and sounds of autumn -- animal sign, migrating birds, acorns, beechnuts, wild seeds, and more.

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“Big Sit” Migration Watch at Pack Monadnock

Saturday, October 13,
8:00 am
to 4:00 pm
Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory
A young man peers through binoculars. (photo © gerlos via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join fellow birders and hawk watchers for the annual “Big Sit” event – a tally of all bird species as viewed from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory. Come for an hour or stay the whole day, and lend your eyes to the skies.

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Wild Skills presented by SheJumps

Saturday, October 13,
9:00 am
to 12:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

This SheJump program teaches girls the survival and technical skills they need for outdoor adventuring, including basic first aid, navigation, leave no trace practices, and shelter building.

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Exploring Monson Center

Saturday, October 13,
1:00 pm
to 4:00 pm
Monson Center Reservation
A stone wall running through a mowed field, with a white house visible in the distance. (photo © SPNHF)

Join Dave Butler for a moderately easy exploration of the Forest Society's Monson Center Reservation in Milford, an early settlement that existed from 1737 to 1770.

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Camera Trapping Workshop: Where to Place Your Camera for Great Wildlife Images

Thursday, October 18,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A bobcat, as photographed by a motion-sensored trail camera. (photo © Eric Aldrich)

Join Janet Pesaturo, author of Camera Trapping Guide: Tracks, Sign, and Behavior of Eastern Wildlife, for a presentation on how to use tracks, sign, and knowledge of animal behavior to find the best spots for placing your wildlife camera.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Keene

Saturday, October 27,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Goose Pond
Young children look closely at a bullfrog, held by Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join us for this slow, simple ramble at Goose Pond, specially geared towards babies, toddlers, and their caregivers. As we go, we’ll search for signs and sounds of autumn -- animal sign, migrating birds, acorns, beechnuts, wild seeds, and more.

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November 2018

Plovers, Knots, and Spoonies: Shorebird Success Stories from the Field

Thursday, November 1,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Hancock Town Library
Common Terns rest on a boulder in Spoffod Lake. (photo © Eric Masterson)

Join Scott Hecker, Director of Bird Conservation for the International Conservation Fund of Canada, for a talk about ICFC's work to protect Piping Plovers, Red Knots, Spoon-billed Sandpipers and more on their wintering grounds in the southern hemisphere.

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Easygoing Hike to Crotched Mountain

Friday, November 2,
10:00 am
to 3:30 pm
Crotched Mountain

Join Rich Taylor and Lee Baker for a moderately strenuous, 4-mile roundtrip hike through blueberry barrens to the top of Crotched Mountain.

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Watching for Golden Eagles from Mount Monadnock

Saturday, November 3,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Dublin Trail, Mount Monadnock
A Golden Eagle in flight. (photo © Tom Koerner/USFWS)

Join Tom Warren during the peak week for Golden Eagles to migrate through the Monadnock Region on their way south from Quebec. We’ll hike Mount Monadnock's Dublin Trail, stopping at suitable vantage points to scan the skies for this charismatic raptor.

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