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March 2019

Environmental Studies Institute: Owls of New Hampshire

Monday, March 11, 2019,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, March 11, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Barred Owl. (photo © Vivienne Strauss)

Join biologist Hillary Siener for this short course on the anatomy, behavior, identification, conservation, and life history of New Hampshire’s owls.

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35th Annual “Waterfowl Safari” Along the Connecticut River

Sunday, March 31, 2019,
8:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Connecticut River
Snow geese migrating across a moonlit sky. (photo © Dagmar Collins)

The spring bird migration begins in March as waterfowl move north through along the Connecticut River. We’ll carpool to the best birding spots, with a little easy walking as needed, in hopes of seeing the spectacle.

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April 2019

Beginner Bird Banding Course

Monday, April 22, 2019,
7:30 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A White-breasted Nuthatch is held by a bird bander. (photo © Ben Conant)

This seven-day course for birders and wildlife biologists will provide a hands-on introduction to bird banding, including safe operation of mist nets, bird handling, and data scoring skills.

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Bird Banding Demonstration

Sunday, April 28, 2019,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A Purple Finch is held by a bird bander. (photo © Ben Conant)

Dig into the science of songbirds during this bird banding demonstration by ornithologist Dr. Patricia Wohner. You’ll get great glimpses of some of the songbirds that make their home in the Harris Center woods and fields, and hopefully see a few spring migrants as well.

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May 2019

Young Birders Club Takes Flight

Saturday, May 18, 2019,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
NOTE: This program has been POSTPONED.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A boy peers through binoculars on a birding outing with the Harris Center. (photo © Ben Conant)

The Young Birders Club is ready to take wing again after a brief hiatus! This club, led by expert birder Phil Brown and naturalist Susie Spikol, is dedicated to helping young naturalists discover the world of birds and birding.

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Plum Island Birding Excursion

Tuesday, May 21, 2019,
7:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
A young man peers through binoculars. (photo © gerlos via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Eric Masterson and Meade Cadot for a visit to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island in Massachusetts – one of the best birding locations in all of New England.

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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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August 2019

Norway Pond Series: Birding by Boat

Friday, August 16, 2019,
8:00 am
to 9:30 am
Norway Pond
KSC conservation interns Lauren Peyser (left) and Audrey Kaiser (right) paddle with KSC faculty supervisor Karen Seaver (middle) to Harris Center-protected land on the shoreline of Nubanusit Lake.

Join master birder Phil Brown for an early morning paddle in search of feathered friends on Norway Pond.

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POP-UP PROGRAM: Birding the Nighthawk Migration in Peterborough

Sunday, August 25, 2019,
5:45 pm
to 7:15 pm
Peterborough Riverwalk
Two nighthawks dart through the air. (photo © parulidae photos)

The fall nighthawk migration is now underway! Join expert birder Phil Brown to search for the spectacle in the skies above downtown Peterborough. If we're lucky, we just might see hundreds of these special birds feeding in giant flocks above the Contoocook River.

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POP-UP PROGRAM: Birding the Nighthawk Migration in Keene

Monday, August 26, 2019,
5:45 pm
to 7:15 pm

The fall nighthawk migration is now underway! Join Cliff Seifer and Brett Amy Thelen to search for the spectacle from a great vantage point in Keene. If we're lucky, we just might see hundreds of these special birds feeding in giant flocks above the Ashuelot River Valley.

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September 2019

Monadnock Region Birding Cup

Saturday, September 14, 2019,
5:00 am
to 5:00 pm
Monadnock Region
A group searches for birds -- with binoculars raised -- during a spring birding outing with the Harris Center. (photo © Ben Conant)

The inaugural Monadnock Region Birding Cup will see teams fan out across Cheshire and western Hillsborough Counties to tally as many bird species as possible in a single day.

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Raptors on Blueberry Ridge

Sunday, September 15, 2019,
9:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Crotched Mountain Accessible Trails
A boy studies drawings of hawk silhouettes on a Harris Center hawkwatching outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join a kettle of raptor enthusiasts for this morning of hawkwatching, birds of prey activities, and a real live Red-tailed Hawk on the hand of a NH Audubon educator!

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Raptor Migration in NH: What the Numbers Tell Us

Monday, September 16, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A kettle of Broad-winged Hawks against the backdrop of a bluebird sky. (photo © Billtacular via Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Phil Brown for a talk about hawkwatching in New Hampshire and the natural history of commonly-seen raptors.

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Pack Monadnock Raptor Release Day

Sunday, September 22, 2019,
3:00 pm
to 4:30 pm
Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory
Eric Masterson releases a rehabilitated hawk. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join us for the special send-off of a rehabilitated migratory bird of prey! This annual event is timed to coincide with the peak of the Broad-winged Hawk migration, so bring your binoculars and hope to witness a spectacle.

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Motus: A Revolution in Migration Research

Thursday, September 26, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

Learn about an amazing new research network that is revolutionizing the study of animal migration by tracking the movements of small birds, bats, and even dragonflies who have been fitted with tiny radio transmitters.

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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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Live Birds of Prey with Raptor Rehabilitator Tom Ricardi

Saturday, October 26, 2019
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Raptor rehabilitator Tom Ricardi holds a peregrine falcon. (photo © Flickr user "Kathy" via the Creative Commons)

Join raptor rehabilitator Tom Ricardi as he shares stories of his inspiring work and introduces us to eight live raptors!

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Young Birders Club: Raptors Over Pack Monadnock

Saturday, October 26, 2019,
9:00 am
to 11:00 am
Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory
Harris Center teacher-naturalist Susie Spikol and a budding naturalist from Pierce Elementary School point to birds during a hawkwatching outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

Calling all young birders! Join Hawk Watch Coordinator Phil Brown and others to search for migrating birds of prey, including the elusive and exciting Northern Goshawks and Golden Eagles that Pack Monadnock is famous for in late October.

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Harris Center Big Year of Birding: Otter Brook Farm

Sunday, October 27, 2019,
8:00 am
to 11:00 am
NOTE: This program has been POSTPONED due to bad weather.
Otter Brook Farm
A group searches for birds -- with binoculars raised -- during a spring birding outing with the Harris Center. (photo © Ben Conant)

Celebrate 50 years of land protection and environmental education by spending the year cataloguing all the birds that now make the SuperSanctuary their home. We’ll start off with an excursion to Otter Brook Farm in Peterborough, one of the Harris Center’s more than 100 conservation easements.

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November 2019

Harris Center Big Year of Birding: Waterfowl Migration

Sunday, November 10, 2019,
8:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A Hooded Merganser swims through the water. (photo © Chris Paquette)

Celebrate 50 years of land protection and environmental education by spending the year cataloguing all the birds that now make the SuperSanctuary their home. This second trip in the Big Year series will focus on birding the area’s lakes and ponds for late-migrating waterfowl.

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Young Birders Club: Birding Plum Island

Saturday, November 23, 2019,
10:00 am
to 3:00 pm
A boy peers through binoculars. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Phil Brown and Susie Spikol for an exciting day on Plum Island, one of the best birding areas in the Northeast.

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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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January 2020

Harris Center Big Year of Birding: Winter Finch Hike

Saturday, January 11,
8:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Stoddard
Purple Finch. (photo © Tianne Strombeck)

Join Eric Masterson for this next installment in our “Big Year” series of seasonal birding outings to Harris Center protected lands – a 5-mile roundtrip hike through spruce country in search of winter finches.

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March 2020

Harris Center Classic: “Owl Moon” Owl Prowl

Friday, March 13,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A portrait of a Barred Owl. (photo © Philip Brown via unsplash)

Come hoot it up on this full moon adventure for families and children of all ages!

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Bluebird House Workday (and Birding!)

Saturday, March 21,
9:00 am
to 12:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A pair of bluebirds on a nesting box. (photo © Meade Cadot)

In preparation for spring nesting, join Eric Masterson to clean and repair the 30 bluebird houses that grace the Brown Easement in Hancock.

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36th Annual Waterfowl Safari Along the Connecticut River

Sunday, March 29,
8:00 am
to 1:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Connecticut River
Snow geese migrating across a moonlit sky. (photo © Dagmar Collins)

The spring bird migration begins in March as waterfowl move north through along the Connecticut River. We’ll carpool to the best birding spots, with a little easy walking as needed, in hopes of seeing the spectacle.

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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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Harris Center Big Year of Birding: Nightjars, Owls, and Woodcocks

Saturday, April 4,
6:45 pm
to 11:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED until further notice.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A photo of an American Woodcock standing among dry leaves. (photo © Tom Benson via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Eric Masterson for this next installment in our “Big Year” series of birding outings to Harris Center protected lands – a search for avian creatures of the night!

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