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October 2021

Accessible Birding at MacDowell Lake

Wednesday, October 20,
9:00 am
to 10:30 am
MacDowell Lake Trail
Two people -- one standing, one in a wheelchair -- hold binoculars up to their eyes while birding at a large lake. (photo © Jim Hassinger)

Join Phil Brown and Brett Amy Thelen for an easygoing morning of birding at MacDowell Lake — a good spot and time of year for enjoying migrating waterfowl, hawks, and sparrows. Beginning birders welcome!

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Environmental Studies Institute: Forest Bathing

Wednesday, October 20,
11:30 am
to 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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

Take a break from your desk and your busy world and let yourself find balance, inspiration, and relaxation through the practice of Forest Bathing. Reconnect with the natural world, and immerse yourself in the balm of nature.

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Hidden Ponds of the SuperSanctuary

Saturday, October 23,
9:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Dave Butler stands atop a stone wall on an early spring hike. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Dave Butler for a 3.5-mile hike into Shadrach and Tenney Ponds, which lie between the Thumb-Skatutakee ridgeline and Nubanusit Lake.

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Following in the Footsteps of John Kulish Along the North Branch

Sunday, October 24,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Stoddard
North Branch River in July. (photo © Russ Cobb)

Join Stan Smith for a moderately strenuous hike along the North Branch River, following one of John Kulish's favorite hunting routes.

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Accessible Birding at the Harris Center

Sunday, October 24,
9:00 am
to 10:30 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A groupd of kids peer through binoculars on the Harris Center front deck.

Join Harris Center Naturalist Emeritus Meade Cadot and longtime outing leader Ben Haubrich for a relaxed morning of birding on the Harris Center front deck, with great views of our bustling bird feeders. Beginning birders welcome!

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Mushroom Meander with the Morel Quandary Club

Thursday, October 28,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
Hiroshi Land
A yellow mushroom growing on the forest floor, surrounded by pine needles. (photo © Jill Griffiths)

Join the Morel Quandary Club to look for polypores, russulas, amanitas, and other fabulous fungi, while learning the key points to mushroom identification.

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November 2021

Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Peterborough

Tuesday, November 9,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Hiroshi Land
Naturalist Susie Spikol shares a wild find with toddlers, babies, and their parents during a Babies in Backpacks program. (photo © Ben Conant)

Calling all families with young children! Join Harris Center naturalist and animal lover Susie Spikol on the second Tuesday of each month to wander trails and meadows in search of wild finds.

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Easygoing Hike Along the Hiroshi Loop Trail

Sunday, November 14,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
Hiroshi Land
An autumn view of Dinsmore Pond, from the Hiroshi Land. (photo © Tom Momeyer)

Join Miki Clements-Collier for a moderately easy 2-mile hike along the Hiroshi Loop Trail, with great views over Dinsmore Pond to Skatutakee and Thumb Mountains.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Keene

Monday, November 15,
9:30 am
to 10:30 am
Tenant Swamp Boardwalk
Mother with baby in backpack

Join educator Liza Lowe for monthly family-friendly explorations in and around the green spaces of Keene. Tune into the changing seasons with your little ones, and enjoy the company of other families that like to be outside.

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Birdability: Because Birding is for Everybody…and Every Body

Thursday, November 18,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A group of people, some in wheelchairs, holding binoculars. (photo © Freya McGregor)

Join Freya McGregor of Birdability — a new non-profit working to ensure that the birding community is welcoming, inclusive, safe, and accessible for people with mobility challenges and other disabilities — for a welcoming introduction to accessibility in the outdoors.

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Post-Thanksgiving Hike around Otter Brook Lake

Sunday, November 28,
10:00 am
to 1:30 pm
Otter Brook Lake

Burn off the turkey with Brian Bishoff and Denny Wheeler on this moderately easy, 3-mile hike around Otter Brook Lake.

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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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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Keene

Thursday, December 9,
9:30 am
to 10:30 am
Keene
A mother and her baby smile on a Harris Center outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join educator Liza Lowe for monthly family-friendly explorations in and around the green spaces of Keene. Tune into the changing seasons with your little ones, and enjoy the company of other families that like to be outside.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow in Peterborough

Tuesday, December 14,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Shieling Forest
A line of children and their parents practice "walking like a wolf" through the snow during a Harris Center tracking program. (photo © Bill Gnade)

Calling all families with young children! Join Harris Center naturalist and animal lover Susie Spikol on the second Tuesday of each month to wander trails and meadows in search of wild finds.

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48th Annual Christmas Bird Count for Hancock, Peterborough, and Surrounding Towns

Saturday, December 18
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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