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March 2018

Salamander Crossing Brigade Volunteer Training

Wednesday, March 14, 2018,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
Nelson Town Hall

As the earth thaws and spring rains drench New Hampshire, thousands of salamanders, frogs, and toads make their way to vernal pools to breed. Many are killed when their journeys take them across busy roads. Every year, we train citizen…

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Salamander Crossing Brigade Volunteer Training

Friday, March 23, 2018,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

As the earth thaws and spring rains drench New Hampshire, thousands of salamanders, frogs, and toads make their way to vernal pools to breed. Many are killed when their journeys take them across busy roads. Every year, we train citizen…

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Salamander Crossing Brigade Volunteer Training

Sunday, March 25, 2018,
1:00 pm
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

As the earth thaws and spring rains drench New Hampshire, thousands of salamanders, frogs, and toads make their way to vernal pools to breed. Many are killed when their journeys take them across busy roads. Every year, we train citizen…

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April 2018

Vernal Pool Project Volunteer Training

Sunday, April 22, 2018,
1:00 pm
to 4:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

In efforts to protect these sensitive ecosystems, we’re once again training volunteers to identify and document vernal pools in the Monadnock Region.

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May 2018

Ashuelot River Water Quality Monitoring Volunteer Training

Tuesday, May 8, 2018,
6:30 pm
to 8:00 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

Join the Ashuelot River Local Advisory Committee (ARLAC) for their 18th 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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Project Nighthawk Volunteer Training

Tuesday, May 29, 2018,
7:00 pm
to 8:45 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College
A Common Nighthawk in flight. (photo © Kenneth Cole Schneider)

Nighthawks were once common in cities throughout New Hampshire, where they nested on gravel roofs and fed on insects attracted to city lights. In recent years, these acrobatic birds have disappeared from many New Hampshire towns, but they still nest in Keene.

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September 2018

Surveying for Salamanders

Friday, September 14, 2018,
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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December 2018

45th Annual Christmas Bird Count for Hancock, Peterborough, and Surrounding Towns

Saturday, December 15, 2018
Hancock, Peterborough and Surrounding Towns
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. No need to be an expert!

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Christmas Bird Count in Keene

Sunday, December 16, 2018
An Eastern Bluebird dines on winterberry holly. (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. No need to be an expert!

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March 2019

2nd Annual Norway Pond Symposium

Saturday, March 2, 2019,
8:30 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
An aerial view of Norway Pond, Hancock, and Mount Monadnock. (photo © LandVest)

Join us for a day of talks highlighting recent research on the ecology of Norway Pond in Hancock. Topics will include the historical record of human activity and environmental change revealed by pond sediments and tree coresand water quality.

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Salamander Crossing Brigades Workshop in Keene

Friday, March 22, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
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.

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Salamander Crossing Brigades Workshop in Harrisville

Sunday, March 24, 2019,
1:00 pm
to 3:00 pm
Harrisville Town Hall

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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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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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!

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