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October 2019

Live Birds of Prey with Raptor Rehabilitator Tom Ricardi

Saturday, October 26, 2019
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Raptor rehabilitator Tom Ricardi holds a peregrine falcon. (photo © Flickr user "Kathy" via the Creative Commons)

Join raptor rehabilitator Tom Ricardi as he shares stories of his inspiring work and introduces us to eight live raptors!

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Harris Center Classic: Great Meadow Paddle

Saturday, October 26, 2019,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Great Meadow
Kayakers paddle at the outlet of the Great Meadow in Harrisville. (photo © Nelson Trails Group)

Join Kathy Schillemat and Al Stoops for a Harris Center favorite: an autumn paddle from Nelson into Harrisville through beautiful Great Meadow.

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Harris Center Classic: Jefts Cemetery by Dark

Saturday, October 26, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
Pitcher Mountain

Join local history buff Eric Aldrich and ghost story enthusiast Susie Spikol for a favorite Harris Center hike to a remote cemetery in Stoddard’s Andorra Forest. Come learn about the lives of those who once lived here and spend time in the graveyard hearing some good old-fashioned ghost tales, just in time for Halloween...

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Harris Center Big Year of Birding: Otter Brook Farm

Sunday, October 27, 2019,
8:00 am
to 11:00 am
NOTE: This program has been POSTPONED due to bad weather.
Otter Brook Farm
A group searches for birds -- with binoculars raised -- during a spring birding outing with the Harris Center. (photo © Ben Conant)

Celebrate 50 years of land protection and environmental education by spending the year cataloguing all the birds that now make the SuperSanctuary their home. We’ll start off with an excursion to Otter Brook Farm in Peterborough, one of the Harris Center’s more than 100 conservation easements.

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November 2019

An Evening with Walt Whitman

Friday, November 1, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
NOTE: Unfortunately, this program has been CANCELED due to illness.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Stephen Collins portrays Walt Whitman. (photo © Stephen Collins)

Stephen Collins brings Walt Whitman to life in this acclaimed one-man show by playwright Michael Keamy.

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Following in the Footsteps of John Kulish on Willard and Robb Mountains

Saturday, November 2, 2019,
9:00 am
to 2:00 pm
Stoddard

Join Stan Smith and Vic Starzynski for a rugged hike through one of John Kulish's favorite haunts.

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Art Opening: Hannah Ellingwood and Michelle Russell

Sunday, November 3, 2019,
4:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join local artists Hannah Ellingwood and Michelle Russell for an art show featuring Hannah's paper cuts and Michelle's birch bark pyrography.

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Reading (and Walking) the Forested Landscape with Tom Wessels

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Tom Wessels.

Join noted ecologist, naturalist, and author Tom Wessels for a walk through the Harris Center woods. Seeing the forest through Tom’s eyes may change how you look at our landscape forever.

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Harris Center Big Year of Birding: Waterfowl Migration

Sunday, November 10, 2019,
8:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A Hooded Merganser swims through the water. (photo © Chris Paquette)

Celebrate 50 years of land protection and environmental education by spending the year cataloguing all the birds that now make the SuperSanctuary their home. This second trip in the Big Year series will focus on birding the area’s lakes and ponds for late-migrating waterfowl.

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“Bobcats Before Breakfast”: Remembering Naturalist John Kulish, His Book, and His Legacy

Friday, November 15, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join writer Mark Reynolds and Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol for an evening honoring the Harris Center’s first naturalist, John Kulish. Dig deeper into the life of this charismatic trapper-turned conservationist, and hear about his long-lasting legacy.

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First-Ever Monadnock Region Natural History Conference

Saturday, November 16, 2019,
8:30 am
to 4:30 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

This one-day conference will feature presentations on a diversity of natural history topics, with a focus on conservation research, ecological restoration, and natural resource management in the Monadnock Region.

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“Bobcats Before Breakfast” Reading and Discussion Group

Thursday, November 21, 2019,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
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Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for this special opportunity to read and discuss John Kulish’s classic 1969 book, "Bobcats Before Breakfast."

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December 2019

“Bobcats Before Breakfast” Reading and Discussion Group

Thursday, December 5, 2019,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
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One event on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 10:00 am

Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for this special opportunity to read and discuss John Kulish’s classic 1969 book, "Bobcats Before Breakfast."

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Art Opening: Lauryn Welch

Friday, December 6, 2019,
5:00 pm
to 7:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A colorful marker drawing of a Northern Flickr by artist Lauryn Welch.

Join local artist Lauryn Welch for an art opening featuring her bird-themed marker drawings.

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“Bobcats Before Breakfast” Reading and Discussion Group

Thursday, December 12, 2019,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
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One event on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 10:00 am

One event on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 10:00 am

Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for this special opportunity to read and discuss John Kulish’s classic 1969 book, "Bobcats Before Breakfast."

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January 2020

Harris Center Big Year of Birding: Winter Finch Hike

Saturday, January 11,
8:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Stoddard
Purple Finch. (photo © Tianne Strombeck)

Join Eric Masterson for this next installment in our “Big Year” series of seasonal birding outings to Harris Center protected lands – a 5-mile roundtrip hike through spruce country in search of winter finches.

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February 2020

Hiking Through the Decades: The Briggs Preserve

Saturday, February 8,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A group examines animal tracks on a winter hike at the Harris Center's Hiroshi Land. (photo © Ben Conant)

In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, we're offering Hiking Through the Decades, a four-hike series that will trace the history of the Harris Center's land protection efforts. Join Meade Cadot and Ben Haubrich for the inaugural hike -- an easy outing through the Briggs Preserve, one of the Harris Center’s earliest land protection projects.

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Following in the Footsteps of John Kulish at Robb Reservoir

Sunday, February 16,
9:30 am
to 1:30 pm
Robb Reservoir
Robb Reservoir with snowy banks. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join Stan Smith and Vic Starzynski for a 4-mile roundtrip hike around one of John Kulish's favorite haunts -- the shoreline of Robb Reservoir.

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Bobcats Before Breakfast: John Kulish, His Book, and His Legacy

Saturday, February 22,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Toadstool Bookshop

Join Susie Spikol and Meade Cadot to learn about the Harris Center’s first naturalist, John Kulish. Dig deeper into the life of this charismatic trapper-turned conservationist and, if conditions allow, do one of the things he loved the most – winter tracking!

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Art Opening: Callihan and Cunningham: Inspired by Nature

Saturday, February 29,
5:00 pm
to 7:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A painting of a country road by Sue Callihan.

Join local artists Sue Callihan and Kim Cunningham for an art show featuring Sue's landscapes and Kim's block prints, collage, and ceramics.

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March 2020

Harris Center Classic: “Owl Moon” Owl Prowl

Friday, March 13,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A portrait of a Barred Owl. (photo © Philip Brown via unsplash)

Come hoot it up on this full moon adventure for families and children of all ages!

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April 2020

Art Opening: Craig Altobello

Friday, April 3,
5:00 pm
to 7:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED until further notice.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A marquetry Painted Trillium by Craig Altobello

Join Peterborough marquetry artist Craig Altobello for an art show celebrating forest life in the Monadnock Region and the astonishing beauty we can discover every day in the woods.

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Harris Center Big Year of Birding: Nightjars, Owls, and Woodcocks

Saturday, April 4,
6:45 pm
to 11:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED until further notice.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A photo of an American Woodcock standing among dry leaves. (photo © Tom Benson via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Eric Masterson for this next installment in our “Big Year” series of birding outings to Harris Center protected lands – a search for avian creatures of the night!

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Art in Wood: A Discussion and Demonstration

Friday, April 17,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED until further notice.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A marquetry apple blossom by Craig Altobello

Join marquetry artist Craig Altobello and forest ecologist Jeremy Wilson for an evening at the intersection of art and ecology.

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May 2020

The Harris Center: 50 Years in the Making

Friday, May 22,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
The cover of the Harris Center's 50th Anniversary commemorative book.

Join us for a special online event tracing the Harris Center's origins. Get a glimpse of our new commemorative book, and see the history and legacy of the Harris Center through slides, stories, and conversation.

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June 2020

Harris Center Big Year of Birding: Uncommon Breeders of the SuperSanctuary

Thursday, June 18,
7:00 am
to 12:00 pm

Join Eric Masterson for this next installment in our “Big Year” series of birding outings to Harris Center protected lands – a search for the SuperSanctuary's less common breeding birds.

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Hiking Through the Decades: Willard Pond

Saturday, June 27,
8:00 am
to 12:00 pm

In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, we're offering Hiking Through the Decades, a four-hike series that traces the history of the Harris Center's land protection efforts. In this edition, Eric Masterson and Phil Brown will discuss some of the 1990s land conservation work that protected the shoreline of Willard Pond.

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July 2020

Meade’s Tall Tales

Thursday, July 16,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
Meade Cadot smiles as he leans on one of the Harris Center's many stone walls.

Join Naturalist Emeritus and retired Harris Center Director Meade Cadot for a virtual cocktail party, where he'll share some of his favorite Harris Center memories through stories and slides. Come find out how Meade put the "super" in "SuperSanctuary"!

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Bobcats in New Hampshire: The Latest Research

Friday, July 24,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom

Join wildlife biologist Rory Carroll for this special presentation on what the UNH research team has learned about how bobcats have come to flourish in our region, and how we can best share the landscape with this charismatic carnivore.

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Harris Center Trivia Night

Thursday, July 30,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
Harris the Cat

Join Harris Center staff for a fun evening of nature trivia, with a focus on the Harris Center and our local landscape. Categories will include the SuperSanctuary, Harris Center history, flora and fauna, people and places, and a special "poop-pourri" "scat-agory."

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