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May 2021

Humans and Nature in the Monadnock Region: The First 12,000 Years

Friday, May 14
Zoom

Spend an evening with renowned archaeologist Dr. Bob Goodby as he shares what local archaeological finds have revealed about settlement patterns, seasonal movements, technology, and responses to climate change in the Monadnock Region over the last 12,000 years. This special presentation is offered by invitation only to current Harris Center supporters.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Introduction to Slow Birding

Monday, May 17,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, May 24, 2021

Zoom
Bird Diva Bridget Butler practicing "Slow Birding" (photo © Bridget Butler)

This four-week course is designed to help you fine-tune your innate birding skills while creating a deeper connection to birds, the place you live, and yourself. Great for beginners and experienced birders alike!

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Pollinators We Love to Hate

Wednesday, May 19,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
A mosquito on a purple flower. (photo © Flickr user "Andrew_ww" via the Creative Commons)

Join Harris Center naturalist and entomologist Jenna Spear to find out what there is to love about mosquitoes, black flies, Japanese beetles, and more!

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Turtle “Color-Along” with Wildlife Artist Matt Patterson

Thursday, May 20,
4:00 pm
to 5:00 pm
Zoom
A Blandings turtle coloring page created by Matt Patterson.

Join award-winning wildlife artist and turtle conservationist Matt Patterson for a live "paint-along" via Zoom!

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The Lazy Lawnmower: A Simple Way to Help Native Bees

Thursday, May 20,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
Dr. Susannah Lerman mows a suburban lawn as part of her "lazy lawnmower" pollinator research. (photo © UMASS Amherst)

Join Dr. Susannah Lerman to learn how a “lazy lawnmower” approach to maintaining your yard can help restore habitat for bees and other pollinators.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Introduction to Slow Birding

Monday, May 24,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, May 24, 2021

Zoom
Bird Diva Bridget Butler practicing "Slow Birding" (photo © Bridget Butler)

This four-week course is designed to help you fine-tune your innate birding skills while creating a deeper connection to birds, the place you live, and yourself. Great for beginners and experienced birders alike!

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Cyanobacteria 101

Tuesday, May 25,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A bright green cyanobacteria bloom. (photo © NH DES)

Join Dr. Amanda McQuaid for an introduction to cyanobacteria in New Hampshire lakes and ponds. We'll cover what cyanobacteria is, why it matters, how to recognize it, when to be concerned — and when not to be!

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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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New Hampshire’s Loons

Thursday, May 27,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
A fuzzy loon chick nestles up to its parent. (photo © Kittie Wilson)

Join the Loon Preservation Committee to learn about the biology, life history, and challenges facing loons — as well as ways you can help loons thrive on New Hampshire lakes.

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June 2021

LAB GIRLS for Wildlife

Wednesday, June 2,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every month that begins at 5:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Zoom
Julie Brown holds a Broad-winged Hawk, which is about to be released back to the wild. (photo © Ben Conant)

Are you a high school girl interested in a career working with wild animals? Join the Harris Center’s LAB GIRLS online program, and meet women who work in wildlife fields!

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LAB GIRLS Goes Wild: A Monthly Online STEM Club for Girls

Thursday, June 3,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every month that begins at 5:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Thursday, June 3, 2021

Zoom

Calling all girls from grades 5 through 12! Join us for this fun, monthly, online afterschool club to grow your skills as a wildlife scientist.

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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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Environmental Studies Institute: Foraged Cocktails

Monday, June 7,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Monday, July 5, 2021

Zoom
Becca Paine, Machina Arts mixologist

Join Machina Kitchen and ArtBar mixologist and master bartender Becca Paine for three evenings focused on foraging, harvesting, creating, mixing, and making wild cocktails. Learn how to sustainably forage local plants and turn them into refreshing alcoholic and non-alcoholic sips!

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Living Light: Fireflies, Light Pollution & What You Can Do To Help

Tuesday, June 8,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
An evening meadow with fireflies.

Join entomologist Avalon C.S. Owens to learn how light pollution affects fireflies — along with some simple solutions for ensuring that our lights don't interfere with their unique bioluminescent signals.

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Vermont’s Wild Bee Survey: What New Hampshire Can Learn

Thursday, June 10,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
NOTE: This program has been POSTPONED.
Zoom
A bumble bee on a flower. (photo © Dennis Thompson)

Join conservation biologist Kent McFarland to learn about the Vermont Wild Bee Survey, which is collecting data on the population status, habitat needs, and conservation of these essential invertebrates.

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“Ask a Naturalist” Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, June 17,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom

Join us for a fun, informal, nature-focused happy hour -- via Zoom! Come prepared with questions about nearby nature, or just sit back and listen to our team of talented Harris Center naturalists as they share their own observations.

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July 2021

Environmental Studies Institute: Foraged Cocktails

Monday, July 5,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Monday, July 5, 2021

Zoom
Becca Paine, Machina Arts mixologist

Join Machina Kitchen and ArtBar mixologist and master bartender Becca Paine for three evenings focused on foraging, harvesting, creating, mixing, and making wild cocktails. Learn how to sustainably forage local plants and turn them into refreshing alcoholic and non-alcoholic sips!

Learn more »

LAB GIRLS for Wildlife

Wednesday, July 7,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every month that begins at 5:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Zoom
Julie Brown holds a Broad-winged Hawk, which is about to be released back to the wild. (photo © Ben Conant)

Are you a high school girl interested in a career working with wild animals? Join the Harris Center’s LAB GIRLS online program, and meet women who work in wildlife fields!

Learn more »

LAB GIRLS Bugs Out

Tuesday, July 13,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Zoom
Swallowtail caterpillars, photo by Brett Thelen

Calling all 5th through 8th grade girls! Join the Harris Center’s LAB GIRLS club as we discover the fascinating world of insects.

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“Ask a Naturalist” Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, July 15,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom

Join us for a fun, informal, nature-focused happy hour -- via Zoom! Come prepared with questions about nearby nature, or just sit back and listen to our team of talented Harris Center naturalists as they share their own observations.

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LAB GIRLS Bugs Out

Tuesday, July 20,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Zoom
Swallowtail caterpillars, photo by Brett Thelen

Calling all 5th through 8th grade girls! Join the Harris Center’s LAB GIRLS club as we discover the fascinating world of insects.

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LAB GIRLS Bugs Out

Tuesday, July 27,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Zoom
Swallowtail caterpillars, photo by Brett Thelen

Calling all 5th through 8th grade girls! Join the Harris Center’s LAB GIRLS club as we discover the fascinating world of insects.

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Cyanobacteria: What You Need to Know

Wednesday, July 28,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A bright green cyanobacteria bloom. (photo © Jimmy Symons via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Harris Center staff ecologist Karen Seaver for an informative discussion on the natural history of blue-green algae in our local lakes and ponds. Learn why cyanobacteria can be a health concern, how to recognize its blooms, and what to do if you suspect a problem.

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August 2021

LAB GIRLS for Wildlife

Wednesday, August 4,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every month that begins at 5:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Zoom
Julie Brown holds a Broad-winged Hawk, which is about to be released back to the wild. (photo © Ben Conant)

Are you a high school girl interested in a career working with wild animals? Join the Harris Center’s LAB GIRLS online program, and meet women who work in wildlife fields!

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Mountain as Muse: The Artists Who Painted Mount Monadnock

Wednesday, August 11,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
Mount Monadnock by Abbott Thayer (image © Corcoran Gallery of Art via the Wikimedia Commons)

Hundreds of artists have depicted Mount Monadnock in all seasons, from all angles, in a variety of styles. Join Alan Rumrill, historian and director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County, for an online talk highlighting some of their paintings and stories.

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September 2021

Environmental Studies Institute: Seeing the Forest for the Trees

Thursday, September 2,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, September 9, 2021

Zoom
A photo of Jeremy Wilson standing next to a red pine.

Join Susie Spikol and Jeremy Wilson for an analytical look at forests and trees as social beings. A course for those of you who want to see the forest and the trees, and understand how they work together. 

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Hawk Talk: Fall Raptor Migration

Wednesday, September 8,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A Red-shouldered Hawk in flight. (photo © Diana Robinson)

Join Phil Brown for a look at the upcoming hawk migration season and the migration spectacle that can be viewed from the Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory. You’ll be well prepared for peak migration after this evening of stories and stunning raptor images!

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50th Anniversary Fund in Action

Wednesday, September 8,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom

Learn about the projects our 50th Anniversary Fund has already helped launch — including cutting-edge migration research and a new book on the history of local Indigenous people. All donors to the 50th Fund are invited to attend this event and will receive an invitation in the mail. 

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Environmental Studies Institute: Seeing the Forest for the Trees

Thursday, September 9,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, September 9, 2021

Zoom
A photo of Jeremy Wilson standing next to a red pine.

Join Susie Spikol and Jeremy Wilson for an analytical look at forests and trees as social beings. A course for those of you who want to see the forest and the trees, and understand how they work together. 

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New England’s Roadside Ecology with Tom Wessels

Thursday, September 9,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
The book cover for "New England's Roadside Ecology," next to a head shot of Tom Wessels

Join noted ecologist Tom Wessels for a conversation about his new book, "New England's Roadside Ecology" -- a guide to the natural history of 30 extraordinary places from Connecticut to Maine, all within an easy walk from a road.

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