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September 2019

Fishers: Separating Fact from Fiction

Thursday, September 19,
4:30 pm
to 6:00 pm
Distant Hill Gardens
A fisher pauses in the midst of a meal. (photo © Two Wild)

Although they have a rather notorious reputation in New England, many of the things we take as truth about fishers are in fact a lot of hype. How well do you know fishers? To find out, join Harris Center naturalist and avowed fisher fan Susie Spikol for this talk at Distant Hill Gardens.

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Motus: A Revolution in Migration Research

Thursday, September 26,
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

The Year Without a Summer

Tuesday, October 15,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Hancock Town Library
A painting of the eruption of Vesuvius seen from Portici by Joseph Wright of Derby. (photo © art collection of the Huntington Library in Pasadena, CA)

Following the devastating eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Tambora, 1816 came to be known as “the year without a summer.” Join Mount Washington Observatory’s Will Broussard to explore the many natural and cultural impacts this event had on the world, including right here in New Hampshire

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November 2019

“Bobcats Before Breakfast”: Remembering Naturalist John Kulish, His Book, and His Legacy

Friday, November 15,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join writer Mark Reynolds and Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol for an evening honoring the Harris Center’s first naturalist, John Kulish. Dig deeper into the life of this charismatic trapper-turned conservationist, and hear about his long-lasting legacy.

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First-Ever Monadnock Region Natural History Conference

Saturday, November 16,
8:30 am
to 4:30 pm
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

This one-day conference will feature presentations on a diversity of natural history topics, with a focus on conservation research, ecological restoration, and natural resource management in the Monadnock Region.

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Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest: Groundbreaking Discoveries in the Whites

Thursday, November 21,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A researcher collects data in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. (photo © Sophia Adams)

Learn how long-term ecological monitoring at Hubbard Brook has led to groundbreaking discoveries, including the impacts of acid rain, bird habitat change, timber harvesting, and climate change.

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December 2019

Nature on Tap: Santa’s Magic Mushroom

Wednesday, December 11,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Post & Beam Brewing
A vintage holiday card featuring soma mushrooms. (image © Medium / Mustapha Itani)

Mythology meets natural history in this holiday-themed Nature on Tap! You’ll look at Santa in a whole new light after Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol reveals the fascinating link between the divine soma mushroom and the origins of Jolly Old Saint Nick.

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