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August 2019

POP-UP PROGRAM: Birding the Nighthawk Migration in Peterborough

Sunday, August 25,
5:45 pm
to 7:15 pm
Peterborough Riverwalk
Two nighthawks dart through the air. (photo © parulidae photos)

The fall nighthawk migration is now underway! Join expert birder Phil Brown to search for the spectacle in the skies above downtown Peterborough. If we're lucky, we just might see hundreds of these special birds feeding in giant flocks above the Contoocook River.

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POP-UP PROGRAM: Birding the Nighthawk Migration in Keene

Monday, August 26,
5:45 pm
to 7:15 pm
Stone Arch Village

The fall nighthawk migration is now underway! Join Cliff Seifer and Brett Amy Thelen to search for the spectacle from a great vantage point in Keene. If we're lucky, we just might see hundreds of these special birds feeding in giant flocks above the Ashuelot River Valley.

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“Leaning into the Wind” Film Showing

Tuesday, August 27,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
Keene Cinemas
Andy Goldsworthy in profile against a stone backdrop.

This meditative documentary follows British landscape artist Andy Goldsworthy as he uses natural materials like stone and flower petals to create art installations all over the world, including here in New England.

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September 2019

Easygoing Hike on Pitcher Mountain

Friday, September 6,
10:00 am
to 2:00 pm
Pitcher Mountain
A view from the hike up Pitcher Mountain in September. (photo © Russ Cobb)

Join Rich Taylor and Lee Baker for a 2-mile roundtrip hike to the Pitcher Mountain summit and on through the mountain's famous blueberry fields.

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Dark Pond Hike

Saturday, September 7,
1:00 pm
to 3:30 pm

Join Tom Warren for a moderately strenuous, 3-mile roundtrip hike around Dark Pond in Dublin.

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Monadnock Region Birding Cup

Saturday, September 14,
5:00 am
to 5:00 pm
Monadnock Region
A group searches for birds -- with binoculars raised -- during a spring birding outing with the Harris Center. (photo © Ben Conant)

The inaugural Monadnock Region Birding Cup will see teams fan out across Cheshire and western Hillsborough Counties to tally as many bird species as possible in a single day.

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Raptors on Blueberry Ridge

Sunday, September 15,
9:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Crotched Mountain Accessible Trails
A boy studies drawings of hawk silhouettes on a Harris Center hawkwatching outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join a kettle of raptor enthusiasts for this morning of hawkwatching, birds of prey activities, and a real live Red-tailed Hawk on the hand of a NH Audubon educator!

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Raptor Migration in NH: What the Numbers Tell Us

Monday, September 16,
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 Phil Brown for a talk about hawkwatching in New Hampshire and the natural history of commonly-seen raptors.

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Beyond Bird Feeders — Creating Winter Wildlife Habitat

Tuesday, September 17,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
An Eastern Bluebird dines on winterberry holly. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Take the bite out of the bitter winter season by planning ahead for wildlife, healthy soils, and thriving plants with landscape designer, author, and educator Marilyn Wyzga.

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Surveying for Salamanders

Friday, September 20,
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 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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Pack Monadnock Raptor Release Day

Sunday, 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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Forest Bathing/Shinrin-yoku

Monday, September 23,
11:30 am
to 12:45 pm
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One event on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 11:30 am

One event on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Shieling Forest
A group practices "forest bathing" with a Harris Center naturalist. (photo © Ben Conant)

Through yoga poses, deep breathing, and quiet sensory observations, our revitalizing "Forest Bathing" sessions will help you slow down, catch your breath, and find solace in nature.

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Beyond Bird Feeders — Creating Winter Wildlife Habitat

Tuesday, September 24,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
An Eastern Bluebird dines on winterberry holly. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Take the bite out of the bitter winter season by planning ahead for wildlife, healthy soils, and thriving plants with landscape designer, author, and educator Marilyn Wyzga.

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Motus: A Revolution in Migration Research

Thursday, September 26,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

Learn about an amazing new research network that is revolutionizing the study of animal migration by tracking the movements of small birds, bats, and even dragonflies who have been fitted with tiny radio transmitters.

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Source to Sea Cleanup

Friday, September 27 to Saturday, September 28
Keene
A volunteer participates in the Source to Sea Cleanup. (photo © Connecticut River Conservancy)

Make a difference for our local rivers during the Connecticut River Conservancy’s annual Source to Sea Cleanup! In the Monadnock Region, we’ll focus on Beaver Brook and the Ashuelot River in Keene and Swanzey.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Friday, September 27,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A baby and a toddler enjoy some outside time. (photo © Ben Conant)

On this gentle walk, which is specially geared towards babies, toddlers, and their caregivers, we’ll meander and look for what treasures the natural world has to offer.

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Medicinal Plant Walk and Herbal Tea Making

Saturday, September 28,
9:00 am
to 11:30 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Herbalist Brenna Morris stands in a bank of ferns. (photo courtesy Brenna Morris)

Join herbalist Brenna Morris, founder of Luna’s Herbal Botanical Cultivations, to learn how to mindfully harness the medicine inherent in plants.

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October 2019

Easygoing Hike to Silver Mountain

Friday, October 4,
10:00 am
to 2:00 pm

Join Lee Baker and Rich Taylor for a moderately strenuous, 1.5-mile roundtrip hike to the summit of Silver Mountain in Lempster.

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“Danika the Rose” with Odds Bodkin for Families

Saturday, October 5,
4:00 pm
to 5:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Families and friends, come experience "Danika the Rose," a musical fairy tale adapted for a young audience!

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“Danika the Rose” with Odds Bodkin

Sunday, October 6,
4:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
Monadnock Center for History and Culture

As a prelude to the Harris Center’s 50th Anniversary, come celebrate how nature inspires art. Melding song and storytelling, "Danika the Rose" weaves together Dvorak’s sublime Moravian Duets with an original fable written and narrated by Odds Bodkin to create a musical fairy tale for our tumultuous times.

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A Community of Women Getting (Back) Into Hiking

Wednesday, October 9,
11:30 am
to 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A woman hiker enjoys the summit of Pitcher Mountain. (photo © Janet Altobello)

This popular series, facilitated by Harris Center naturalist and lifelong hiker Janet Altobello, is designed to support women who want to build their confidence as they get back into hiking.

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“A Squirrel’s Guide to Success” Film Showing

Thursday, October 10,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Putnam Theater at Keene State College
A gray squirrel nibbles on an acorn. (photo © PBS Nature)

Discover the extraordinary abilities of ordinary squirrels in this charming documentary -- from the brainy fox squirrel who can remember the location of 9,000 nuts to the acrobatic gray squirrel whose tree-top leaps are the basis for new designs in robotics.

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“Big Sit” Migration Watch at Pack Monadnock

Saturday, October 12,
8:00 am
to 4:00 pm
Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory

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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Hiking Conserved Land in Francestown

Sunday, October 13,
1:00 pm
to 4:00 pm

Join Dave Butler and Ben Haubrich for a 3-mile roundtrip hike on conservation land in Francestown. We’ll make our way through Rand Brook Forest to the Aaron Draper farm site, passing a hayfield with views of the Lyndeborough Hills on the way.

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The Year Without a Summer

Tuesday, October 15,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Hancock Town Library
A painting of the eruption of Vesuvius seen from Portici by Joseph Wright of Derby. (photo © art collection of the Huntington Library in Pasadena, CA)

Following the devastating eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Tambora, 1816 came to be known as “the year without a summer.” Join Mount Washington Observatory’s Will Broussard to explore the many natural and cultural impacts this event had on the world, including right here in New Hampshire

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A Community of Women Getting (Back) Into Hiking

Wednesday, October 16,
11:30 am
to 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A woman hiker enjoys the summit of Pitcher Mountain. (photo © Janet Altobello)

This popular series, facilitated by Harris Center naturalist and lifelong hiker Janet Altobello, is designed to support women who want to build their confidence as they get back into hiking.

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Monadnock Region Geology Hike

Saturday, October 19,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm

Join Frederick Rogers, Geology Professor at Franklin Pierce University, for a moderately strenuous hike exploring the Monadnock Region's geologic history.

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Harris Center Annual Meeting: We’re Turning Fifty!

Sunday, October 20,
1:30 pm
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join us as we kick off a year of celebrations for the Harris Center’s 50th Anniversary! Our Annual Meeting will feature highlights from the past year, special recognitions, inspiration from our founder Eleanor Briggs, and more.

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A Community of Women Getting (Back) Into Hiking

Wednesday, October 23,
11:30 am
to 3:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
A woman hiker enjoys the summit of Pitcher Mountain. (photo © Janet Altobello)

This popular series, facilitated by Harris Center naturalist and lifelong hiker Janet Altobello, is designed to support women who want to build their confidence as they get back into hiking.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Friday, October 25,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Hiroshi Land

On this gentle walk, which is specially geared towards babies, toddlers, and their caregivers, we’ll meander and look for what treasures the natural world has to offer.

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