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September 2020

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

Tuesday, September 15, 2020,
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, 2020,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
12:00 pm
to 1:00 pm
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, 2020,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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

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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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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Soar with the Hawks: A Program for Homeschoolers and Remote Learners

Monday, September 28, 2020,
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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“H is for Hawk” Reading & Discussion Group

Monday, September 28, 2020,
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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October 2020

POP-UP PROGRAM: Hawkwatching at High Five

Sunday, October 4, 2020,
11:00 am
to 2:00 pm
High Five Reservation

Join raptor expert Phil Brown for a hawkwatching outing to Wilson Hill at the High Five Reservation in Deering. This location has excellent views to the north and west, and is a good place to observe migrating raptors, as well as fall foliage.

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Hawk Mountain: Connecting the Americas Through Raptor Migration

Tuesday, October 6, 2020,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
A Red-shouldered Hawk in flight. (photo © Diana Robinson)

Join Laurie Goodrich, Director of Conservation Science at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, for an introduction to the history of hawk migration study in eastern North America.

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The Singing Stream: A Musical Hike on the Hiroshi Loop Trail

Friday, October 9, 2020
Hiroshi Land
The meadow on the Harris Center's Hiroshi Land, in October. (photo © Meade Cadot)

With Franz Schubert’s tender song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin (“The Lovely Maid of the Mill”) as your guide, we invite you to heighten your senses, open your heart, and walk in the woods in a new way.

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The Singing Stream: A Musical Hike on the Hiroshi Loop Trail

Saturday, October 10, 2020
Hiroshi Land
The meadow on the Harris Center's Hiroshi Land, in October. (photo © Meade Cadot)

With Franz Schubert’s tender song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin (“The Lovely Maid of the Mill”) as your guide, we invite you to heighten your senses, open your heart, and walk in the woods in a new way.

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Backroads Biking in the Monadnock Region: Hancock to Eastview Loop

Saturday, October 10, 2020,
10:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Hancock & Harrisville
A bicycle rests at the gate to the Harris Center's Cadot Trail. (photo © Russ Cobb)

Join David Sobel and Jennifer Kramer for a 10.5-mile ride through Hancock and Harrisville, with 800 feet of elevation gain and gorgeous views of pastures, ponds, marshes, big boulders, and more.

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The Singing Stream: A Musical Hike on the Hiroshi Loop Trail

Sunday, October 11, 2020
Hiroshi Land
The meadow on the Harris Center's Hiroshi Land, in October. (photo © Meade Cadot)

With Franz Schubert’s tender song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin (“The Lovely Maid of the Mill”) as your guide, we invite you to heighten your senses, open your heart, and walk in the woods in a new way.

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Hawk Watches: What the Numbers Tell Us

Tuesday, October 13, 2020,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm

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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Veracruz River of Raptors: Monitoring the World’s Largest Concentration of Migrating Raptors

Tuesday, October 20, 2020,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A large kettle of hawks circles in the sky. (photo © Jen Esten)

Join us for a special evening with Kashmir Wolf of ProNatura’s Rio de Rapaces ("River of Raptors") Project in Veracruz, Mexico. Find out why raptors concentrate by the millions at Veracruz and how it's connected with other hawkwatching sites, including our very own Pack Monadnock Raptor Observatory.

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Babies in Backpacks & Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, October 22, 2020,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Peterborough
Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol leads a program for young children. (photo © Ben Conant)

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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Go Wild for At-Home Learners: Mushroom Madness

Friday, October 23, 2020,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A hand holding an orange mushroom. (photo © Ben Conant)

Have you ever wondered about mushrooms? Join Harris Center naturalists to explore the fascinating world of fungi! This in-person, outdoor learning experience is for homeschoolers and remote learners in Grades 1 through 5.

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Backroads Biking in the Monadnock Region: Chesham to Eastview Loop

Saturday, October 24, 2020,
10:00 am
to 1:00 pm
NOTE: This program has been CANCELED.
Harrisville

Join David Sobel and Jennifer Kramer for a 13.2-mile ride on and off an old railroad bed, with gorgeous pond and marsh views.

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Motus: A Revolution in Migration Research

Tuesday, October 27, 2020,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom

Join us to learn about an amazing new research network that is revolutionizing the study of winged migration by tracking the movements of small birds, bats, and even dragonflies who have been fitted with tiny radio transmitters -- including right here in the Monadnock Region.

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November 2020

Spooky Birds

Friday, November 6, 2020,
1:00 pm
to 2:30 pm
Hancock
A raven flying above a graveyard on a full-moon night. (photo © Jeanne Masar via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join raptor education specialist Kim Snyder for this positively haunting in-person program on birds with scary reputations. From owls to crows, ravens to vultures, discover what's true about these birds -- and what's just a spooky story.

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Go Wild for At-Home Learners: Squirrels Up Close

Friday, November 20, 2020,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A gray squirrel perched on a wooden platform. (photo © Jacob McGinnis via the Flickr Creative Commons)

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

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December 2020

Go Wild for At-Home Learners: Everlasting Evergreens

Friday, December 18, 2020,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
NOTE: This program has been POSTPONED.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A caterpillar is well camouflaged in the hemlock branches. (photo Brett Amy Thelen).

December is the perfect time to get crazy with conifers! We'll study cones, search for shrubs, and learn to tell a pine from a hemlock. This in-person, outdoor learning experience is for homeschoolers and remote learners in Grades 1 through 5.

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47th Annual Christmas Bird Count for Hancock, Peterborough, and Surrounding Towns

Saturday, December 19, 2020
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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