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August 2020

Shining a Light on Light Pollution

Thursday, August 20,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
Tree silhouettes against the night sky. Bureau of Land Management photo via Flickr Creative Commons

How we light our homes, towns, and cities impacts everything from fireflies and luna moths to songbirds, owls, mammals, and even our own health. Join Susan Harder of the International Dark Sky Association for a presentation on the ecological and human health impacts of light pollution -- including ways you can make a difference.

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Last Day of StoryWalk: “Swirl by Swirl”

Thursday, August 27
Hancock
An illustration from Beth Krommes' book "Swirl by Swirl"

Walk along the path behind the Hancock Meeting House, where pages from the picture book "Swirl by Swirl" will be laid out for you to read on your own. Joyce Sidman's lyrical writing and Peterborough illustrator Beth Krommes' vivid scratchboard artwork will inspire you to look for spirals in your own backyard, and beyond...

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Family Mushroom & Fungi Hike

Friday, August 28,
10:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Hancock
A fly agaric mushroom. (photo © Aleksey Gnilenkov via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalists John Benjamin and Susie Spikol for a family-friendly woodland hike in search of mushrooms and other amazing fungi.

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September 2020

A Hawkwatching Primer

Tuesday, September 8,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A Broad-winged Hawk in flight. (photo © Jen Esten)

Join Harris Center Hawk Watch Coordinator and avid birdwatcher Phil Brown for a virtual primer on viewing the greatest show above the earth -- the annual fall hawk migration.

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Special Event: VINS Raptor Encounter

Friday, September 11,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A close-up of a hawk. (photo © VINS)

In this virtual encounter with naturalists from the Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences (VINS), we'll meet three rehabilitated birds of prey and explore their adaptations for life on the wing. This is a special invitation-only event for current Harris Center supporters.

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Soar with the Hawks: A Program for Homeschoolers and Remote Learners

Monday, September 14,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, September 28, 2020

Hancock
A boy studies drawings of hawk silhouettes on a Harris Center hawkwatching outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Harris Center raptor education specialist Kim Snyder to learn everything you always wanted to know about New England’s raptors! This in-person, outdoor learning experience is for homeschoolers and remote learners  in Grades 2 through 6.

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Hawkwatching for Families

Tuesday, September 15,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
Harris Center teacher-naturalist Susie Spikol and a budding naturalist from Pierce Elementary School point to birds during a hawkwatching outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

Families, get ready to learn about the greatest show above the earth -- the annual fall hawk migration! Join Harris Center hawk education specialist Kim Snyder to for an introduction to the basics of hawkwatching, then head outside to experience this incredible natural phenomenon happening right above your home.

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“Meet a Raptor” Night

Thursday, September 17,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A portrait of a Red-Tailed Hawk. (photo © Glass House via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join NH Audubon educator Shelby Morelli for an up-close virtual visit with some of NH Audubon's resident raptors. Look into an owl’s eyes, check out a Red-tailed Hawk's talons, and learn about the lives of these charismatic birds of prey.

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Soar with the Hawks: A Program for Homeschoolers and Remote Learners

Monday, September 21,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, September 28, 2020

Hancock
A boy studies drawings of hawk silhouettes on a Harris Center hawkwatching outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Harris Center raptor education specialist Kim Snyder to learn everything you always wanted to know about New England’s raptors! This in-person, outdoor learning experience is for homeschoolers and remote learners  in Grades 2 through 6.

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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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Soar with the Hawks: A Program for Homeschoolers and Remote Learners

Monday, September 28,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, September 28, 2020

Hancock
A boy studies drawings of hawk silhouettes on a Harris Center hawkwatching outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Harris Center raptor education specialist Kim Snyder to learn everything you always wanted to know about New England’s raptors! This in-person, outdoor learning experience is for homeschoolers and remote learners  in Grades 2 through 6.

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October 2020

Hawk Watches: What the Numbers Tell Us

Tuesday, October 13,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom

Join Phil Brown for a talk on what hawk watch data -- including our local counts from the summit of Pack Monadnock -- are helping researchers understand about the complexities of raptor migration, ecology, and long-term population trends.

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