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March 2019

Salamander Crossing Brigades Workshop in Hancock

Saturday, March 30, 2019,
10:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Every year, we train citizen scientists to serve on Salamander Crossing Brigades throughout the Monadnock Region. To join the ranks – or simply to learn more about the remarkable spring amphibian migration – join us for this fun volunteer training.

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May 2019

Ashuelot River Water Quality Monitoring Volunteer Training

Tuesday, May 14, 2019,
6:30 pm
to 8:00 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

Join the Ashuelot River Local Advisory Committee (ARLAC) for their 19th season of water quality monitoring! Participants in this training will gain hands-on experience in sampling techniques and in the use of monitoring equipment.

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June 2019

Nighthawk Watch

Tuesday, June 11, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 9:30 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College
A Common Nighthawk, silhouetted against the twilight sky. (photo © Kenneth Cole Schneider)

Help keep track of Keene's most charismatic endangered bird by joining us for an evening of nighthawk monitoring.

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September 2019

Surveying for Salamanders

Friday, September 20, 2019,
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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October 2019

“Big Sit” Migration Watch at Pack Monadnock

Saturday, October 12, 2019,
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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November 2019

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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December 2019

46th Annual Christmas Bird Count for Hancock, Peterborough, and Surrounding Towns

Saturday, December 14, 2019
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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Young Birders Club: Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 14, 2019
young girl birding in winter (photo © Eric Begin)

Join the Harris Center’s youth birding team for the annual Peterborough-Hancock Christmas Bird Count!

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Keene Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, December 15, 2019
Keene
White-throated Sparrows, recorded during the 2017 Christmas Bird Count. (photo © Meade Cadot)

The Christmas Bird Count is the world’s oldest and largest biological survey and citizen science endeavor, with thousands of participants worldwide. The Keene count is one of the oldest, dating all the way back to 1900.

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February 2020

3rd Annual Norway Pond Symposium

Saturday, February 29, 2020,
8:30 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Norway Pond Commission chair Tom Shevenell sets a canoe anchor during a morning of water quality sampling on Norway Pond. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Join us for a day of talks highlighting recent research, and plans for future study, on the ecology of Norway Pond in Hancock.

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March 2020

Salamander Crossing Brigades Workshop in Hancock

Sunday, March 22, 2020,
1:00 pm
to 3:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Every year, we train citizen scientists to serve on Salamander Crossing Brigades throughout the Monadnock Region. To join the ranks – or simply to learn more about the remarkable spring amphibian migration – join us for this fun volunteer training.

Learn more »

Salamander Crossing Brigades Workshop in Keene

Friday, March 27, 2020,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

Every year, we train citizen scientists to serve on Salamander Crossing Brigades throughout the Monadnock Region. To join the ranks – or simply to learn more about the remarkable spring amphibian migration – join us for this fun volunteer training.

Learn more »

April 2020

Citizen Science Opportunity: Broad-winged Hawk Tracking Project

Friday, April 3, 2020,
4:00 pm
to 5:00 pm
NOTE: This training will now take place via Zoom.
A Broad-winged Hawk in flight. (photo © Jen Esten)

We're partnering with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary to tag one or more Broad-winged Hawks with satellite transmitters that will track their migration in detail. The first step is finding their nests, and we need your help to make it happen!

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June 2020

Project Nighthawk Volunteer Training

Tuesday, June 9, 2020,
4:30 pm
to 5:30 pm
A Common Nighthawk, silhouetted against the twilight sky. (photo © Kenneth Cole Schneider)

Help keep track of Keene's most charismatic endangered bird by nighthawk monitoring.

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eBird for Beginners

Tuesday, June 16, 2020,
4:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
A group searches for birds -- with binoculars raised -- during a spring birding outing with the Harris Center. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join local bird expert Steven Lamonde of Antioch University New England for this hands-on introduction to eBird, where we’ll learn how to record and share our bird sightings, and to explore sightings shared by others.

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July 2020

Monitoring for Monarchs

Tuesday, July 28, 2020,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
Peterborough
A tiny monarch caterpillar crawls across a common milkweed plant. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Join Harris Center ecologists Brett Amy Thelen and Karen Seaver to survey for monarch eggs and caterpillars in a Harris Center-conserved milkweed patch. This morning of citizen science is offered in conjunction with the International Monarch Monitoring Blitz, an annual research effort aimed at understanding and protecting monarch butterflies.

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September 2020

Surveying for Salamanders

Wednesday, September 23, 2020,
3:00 pm
to 5:00 pm
Hancock

Join Brett Amy Thelen and Karen Seaver 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!

Learn more »

December 2020

47th Annual Christmas Bird Count for Hancock, Peterborough, and Surrounding Towns

Saturday, December 19, 2020
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!

Learn more »

February 2021

4th Annual Norway Pond Symposium

Saturday, February 27,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED.
Zoom
Norway Pond Commission chair Tom Shevenell sets a canoe anchor during a morning of water quality sampling on Norway Pond. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Join us for a morning of short talks highlighting recent research on water quality and the environmental history of Norway Pond in Hancock.

Learn more »

March 2021

Salamander Crossing Brigade Workshop

Thursday, March 18,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Zoom

Every year, we train citizen scientists to serve on Salamander Crossing Brigades at amphibian road crossings throughout the Monadnock Region. To join the ranks – or simply to learn more about the remarkable spring amphibian migration – join us for this online volunteer training.

Learn more »

May 2021

Ashuelot River Water Quality Monitoring Volunteer Training

Wednesday, May 12,
6:30 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
Ashuelot River covered bridge. (photo © James Walsh via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join the Ashuelot River Local Advisory Committee (ARLAC) for their 21st season of water quality monitoring! Participants in this training will gain hands-on experience in sampling techniques and in the use of monitoring equipment.

Learn more »

Firefly Watch with Mass Audubon

Wednesday, May 26,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
Fireflies alight. (photo © Fred Huang via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join staff from Mass Audubon's Firefly Watch to learn how and why fireflies light up, how to identify them by their flash patterns, and how they can help inform us about a wide array of environmental issues.

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June 2021

Project Nighthawk Volunteer Training

Thursday, June 3,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A Common Nighthawk, silhouetted against the twilight sky. (photo © Kenneth Cole Schneider)

Help keep track of Keene's most charismatic endangered bird by joining us for a virtual "Project Nighthawk" volunteer training!

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Salamanders Count!

Friday, June 11,
4:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A juvenile red-backed salamander, curled up on a beech leaf. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Join us we survey for red-backed salamanders as part of a national study. Try your hand at field science, and help biologists make discoveries about this common, but still mysterious species!

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July 2021

Monitoring for Monarchs

Tuesday, July 20,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
Peterborough
Undergraduate researcher Katie Galletta examines milkweed plants for insect herbivory. (photo © Mark Wilson)

Join Harris Center ecologists Brett Amy Thelen and Karen Seaver to survey for monarch eggs and caterpillars in a Harris Center-conserved milkweed patch in Peterborough. No experience necessary!

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Youth Program: Monitoring for Monarchs

Monday, July 26,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
Peterborough
A black-and-yellow monarch caterpillar on a green milkweed leaf. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Join Harris Center ecologist Karen Seaver and LAB GIRLS leaders Susie Spikol and Emily Wrubel for a morning in the milkweed patch doing real, hands-on field science.

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September 2021

Wetland Plants & Wildlife Walk at Norway Pond

Saturday, September 25,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
Norway Pond
A painted turtle basks on a log. (photo © Flickr user "DaPuglet" via the Creative Commons)

Get to know the plants and wildlife found in and around Norway Pond during this walk with ecologists Jeff Littleton and Steven Lamonde. This event is part of the 2021 NH BioBlitz, a statewide project encouraging people to record species found on town-owned lands all over New Hampshire.

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Surveying for Salamanders

Tuesday, September 28,
4:00 pm
to 5:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join Brett Amy Thelen and Karen Seaver 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!

Learn more »

October 2021

Butterfly Monitoring in the Granite State

Tuesday, October 5,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A fritillary and a swallowtail share space on a coneflower in the Harris Center's pollinator garden. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Join NH Fish and Game biologist Heidi Holman for an introduction to New Hampshire's butterflies and butterfly monitoring efforts — including a new butterfly count planned for the SuperSanctuary in the summer of 2022.

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December 2021

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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