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July 2020

Big Boulders or Bust

Thursday, July 9,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
Hancock
A little girl on a big boulder, during Harris Center summer camp. (photo © Jenna Spear)

Join naturalists Karen Rent and Susie Spikol for an adventure-filled hike to one of our favorite places: the Big Boulders! Along the way, we'll play games, search for animals, and maybe even become animals ourselves.

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First Day of StoryWalk: “Flight School” by Lita Judge

Monday, July 13
Hancock
An image from the book "Flight School" by Lita Judge

Walk along the path behind the Hancock Meeting House, where pages from the whimsical picture book "Flight School" will be laid out for you to read on your own. Follow along with this whimsical story about a little bird who never gives up on a dream and the friends that help make it come true.

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Pond Exploration at Robin Hood Park

Saturday, July 25,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Keene
Kindergardeners ponding with Harris Center naturalist Jenna Spear. (photo © Ben Conant)

Have you ever wondered what insects, amphibians, and crustaceans might live in Robin Hood Pond? Join Harris Center teacher-naturalists Jenna Spear and Susie Spikol for a fun exploration of the aquatic animals that call this pond home.

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Monitoring for Monarchs

Tuesday, July 28,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
Peterborough
A tiny monarch caterpillar crawls across a common milkweed plant. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Join Harris Center ecologists Brett Amy Thelen and Karen Seaver to survey for monarch eggs and caterpillars in a Harris Center-conserved milkweed patch. This morning of citizen science is offered in conjunction with the International Monarch Monitoring Blitz, an annual research effort aimed at understanding and protecting monarch butterflies.

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Last Day of StoryWalk: “Flight School” by Lita Judge

Friday, July 31
Hancock
An image from the book "Flight School" by Lita Judge

Walk along the path behind the Hancock Meeting House, where pages from the whimsical picture book "Flight School" will be laid out for you to read on your own. Follow along with this whimsical story about a little bird who never gives up on a dream and the friends that help make it come true.

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Family Frog Fest

Friday, July 31,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Hancock
A bullfrog in hand. (photo © Ben Conant)

Have you ever wanted to catch a frog, touch a toad, or peek at a pollywog? Join Harris Center naturalist and frog fan Susie Spikol for a visit to a Hancock frog pond in search of these amazing amphibians.

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August 2020

First Day of StoryWalk: “Swirl by Swirl”

Monday, August 3
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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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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POP-UP PROGRAM: Birding the Nighthawk Migration in Keene

Tuesday, August 25,
6:00 pm
to 7:00 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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Last Day of StoryWalk: “Swirl by Swirl”

Friday, August 28
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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POP-UP PROGRAM: Birding the Nighthawk Migration in Hancock

Sunday, August 30,
5:30 pm
to 7:30 pm
Hancock
Two nighthawks dart through the air. (photo © parulidae photos)

The fall nighthawk migration is now underway! Join expert birder Phil Brown and nighthawk enthusiast Brett Amy Thelen to search for the spectacle in the skies above Hancock. 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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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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2nd Annual Monadnock Region Birding Cup

Saturday, September 12,
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)

Modeled on New Jersey’s famed World Series of Birding, the Monadnock Region Birding Cup will see teams fan out across the Monadnock Region to tally as many bird species as possible in a single day.

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POP-UP PROGRAM: Hawkwatching at Pitcher Mountain

Sunday, September 13,
11:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Pitcher Mountain
A kettle of Broad-winged Hawks against the backdrop of a bluebird sky. (photo © Billtacular via Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Harris Center raptor education specialist Kim Snyder on the summit of Pitcher Mountain to scan the skies for migrating raptors.

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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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“H is for Hawk” Reading & Discussion Group

Monday, September 14,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, September 28, 2020

Zoom
Henry Walters, holding his hawk. (photo © Madeleine Bruce)

Join poet, playwright, falconer, and naturalist Henry Walters to read and discuss the award-winning memoir by Helen Macdonald, "H is for Hawk."

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Go Wild for At-Home Learners: Insects of Field & Forest

Tuesday, September 15,
1:00 pm
to 2:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join Harris Center naturalists to explore the diverse and fascinating world of insects! This in-person, outdoor learning experience is for homeschoolers and remote learners in Grades 1 through 5.

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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 on your own.

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POP-UP PROGRAM: Hawkwatching at Pitcher Mountain

Wednesday, September 16,
11:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Pitcher Mountain
A Coopers Hawk in flight. (photo © Stan Lupo)

Join Harris Center raptor education specialist Kim Snyder on the summit of Pitcher Mountain to scan the skies for migrating raptors.

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Lunch & Learn: Celebrating International Hawk Migration Week

Wednesday, September 16,
12:00 pm
to 1:00 pm
Zoom
Julie Brown holds a Broad-winged Hawk, which is about to be released back to the wild. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Julie Brown of the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA) for a virtual "Lunch & Learn" event celebrating International Hawk Migration Week! Through videos and photos, we'll "migrate" to various raptor monitoring sites throughout the continent and learn what hawk watchers have been seeing this year.

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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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POP-UP PROGRAM: Hawkwatching at Pitcher Mountain

Saturday, September 19,
11:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Pitcher Mountain
A Coopers Hawk in flight. (photo © Stan Lupo)

Join Harris Center raptor education specialist Kim Snyder on the summit of Pitcher Mountain to scan the skies for migrating raptors.

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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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“H is for Hawk” Reading & Discussion Group

Monday, September 21,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, September 28, 2020

Henry Walters, holding his hawk. (photo © Madeleine Bruce)

Join poet, playwright, falconer, and naturalist Henry Walters to read and discuss the award-winning memoir by Helen Macdonald, "H is for Hawk."

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Fall Fungi Hike

Wednesday, September 23,
10:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Hancock
A yellow mushroom growing on the forest floor, surrounded by pine needles. (photo © Jill Griffiths)

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

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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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Babies in Backpacks & Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, September 24,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
NOTE: This program has been CANCELED.
Peterborough
Mother with baby in backpack

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for a morning ramble with your little ones along a winding trail in a magical corner of Peterborough.

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Source to Sea Cleanup

Saturday, September 26,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Keene
A volunteer participates in the Source to Sea Cleanup. (photo © Connecticut River Conservancy)

Make a difference for our local rivers during the Connecticut River Conservancy’s annual Source to Sea Cleanup! In the Monadnock Region, we’ll focus on Beaver Brook and the Ashuelot River in Keene and Swanzey.

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