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April 2021

Environmental Studies Institute: Bird Migration

Monday, April 19,
8:00 am
to 9:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, April 19, 2021

Hancock, Peterborough and Surrounding Towns

Every spring, millions of birds pass through the Monadnock Region on their northward migration. Join expert birder Steven Lamonde for this weekly series of socially-distant birding walks, where we'll discuss and observe this amazing natural phenomenon.

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Environmental Studies Institute: The Biology & Inspiration of Birdsong

Tuesday, April 20,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Zoom
Eastern Meadowlark singing. (photo © OH Falcon via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us for a four-week exploration of the biology of birdsong, and how bird music has inspired humans throughout time. Discover how and why birds sing, and how writers, poets, and musicians have translated birdsong into art.

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Vernal Pool Hike at the Horatio Colony Preserve

Wednesday, April 21,
1:00 pm
to 3:00 pm
Horatio Colony Nature Preserve
the vernal pool at Horatio Colony Nature Preserve (photo © Russ Cobb)

Join Brett Amy Thelen for a moderately strenuous, 1.2-mile roundtrip climb to a hilltop vernal pool at the Horatio Colony Nature Preserve, where we’ll explore the fascinating world of spring-breeding amphibians.

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LGBTQ+ Community Walk

Saturday, April 24,
2:00 pm
to 3:30 pm
Keene State College
A redbud tree in bloom on the Keene State College campus. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Join Hunter Kirschner (he, him) and Dee Denehy (she, her) for an easy stroll around some of the wild and lesser-known areas of the Ashuelot floodplain, with a focus on fostering LGBTQ+ community.

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Environmental Studies Institute: The Biology & Inspiration of Birdsong

Tuesday, April 27,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Zoom
Eastern Meadowlark singing. (photo © OH Falcon via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us for a four-week exploration of the biology of birdsong, and how bird music has inspired humans throughout time. Discover how and why birds sing, and how writers, poets, and musicians have translated birdsong into art.

Learn more »

Spring Fungi Foray

Wednesday, April 28,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
Shieling Forest
A morel mushroom. (photo © Terry Priest via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join the Harris Center's fungi fans John Benjamin and Susie Spikol for a late afternoon wander in search of springtime mushrooms like polypores, jelly fungi, and the famously elusive morels.

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May 2021

Environmental Studies Institute: Introduction to Slow Birding

Monday, May 3,
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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Environmental Studies Institute: The Biology & Inspiration of Birdsong

Tuesday, May 4,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Zoom
Eastern Meadowlark singing. (photo © OH Falcon via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us for a four-week exploration of the biology of birdsong, and how bird music has inspired humans throughout time. Discover how and why birds sing, and how writers, poets, and musicians have translated birdsong into art.

Learn more »

Circus in the Woods

Sunday, May 9
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Jugglers among the trees. Wire walkers in the ferns. Acrobats and contortionists in the meadows. Celebrate spring with the Flying Gravity Circus! Outdoors, family-friendly, and COVID-cautious.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Introduction to Slow Birding

Monday, May 10,
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!

Learn more »

Environmental Studies Institute: The Biology & Inspiration of Birdsong

Tuesday, May 11,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Zoom
Eastern Meadowlark singing. (photo © OH Falcon via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us for a four-week exploration of the biology of birdsong, and how bird music has inspired humans throughout time. Discover how and why birds sing, and how writers, poets, and musicians have translated birdsong into art.

Learn more »

Environmental Studies Institute: Introduction to Slow Birding

Monday, May 17,
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!

Learn more »

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!

Learn more »

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

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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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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