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September 2019

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

The Year Without a Summer

Tuesday, October 15, 2019,
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, 2019,
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, 2019,
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, 2019,
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, 2019,
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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January 2020

Utterly Otters

Saturday, January 18,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Olivia Rodham Memorial Library
A North American river otter on the ice. (photo © Charlie Hamilton James/PBS Nature)

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for a lively talk on the largest member of the weasel family in New England: the bounding, sliding, swimming, charismatic otter!

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February 2020

Nature on Tap: Love, Sex, and Wow in the Animal World

Wednesday, February 12,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Hancock Inn
Nature on Tap logo, featuring a leaf in a mug of beer

Join Harris Center naturalists Brett Amy Thelen, Jenna Spear, and Susie Spikol for a special Valentine’s Day discussion on some of the unusual ways wild animals court and mate. Drinks on you, conversation on us!

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New England’s Long Ago Elephants: Woolly Mammoths and Mastodons

Thursday, February 20,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Hancock Town Library
A wooly mammoth diorama. (photo © FireHawk Hulin via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Discover the long-lost lives of the woolly mammoths and mastodons that once roamed New England with Harris Center naturalist and woolly mammoth lover Susie Spikol!

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Bobcats Before Breakfast: John Kulish, His Book, and His Legacy

Saturday, February 22,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Toadstool Bookshop

Join Susie Spikol and Meade Cadot to learn about the Harris Center’s first naturalist, John Kulish. Dig deeper into the life of this charismatic trapper-turned conservationist and, if conditions allow, do one of the things he loved the most – winter tracking!

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3rd Annual Norway Pond Symposium

Saturday, February 29,
8:30 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Norway Pond Commission chair Tom Shevenell sets a canoe anchor during a morning of water quality sampling on Norway Pond. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Join us for a day of talks highlighting recent research, and plans for future study, on the ecology of Norway Pond in Hancock.

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March 2020

Salamander Crossing Brigades Workshop in Hancock

Sunday, March 22,
1:00 pm
to 3:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Every year, we train citizen scientists to serve on Salamander Crossing Brigades throughout the Monadnock Region. To join the ranks – or simply to learn more about the remarkable spring amphibian migration – join us for this fun volunteer training.

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Salamander Crossing Brigades Workshop in Keene

Friday, March 27,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been CANCELED.
Putnam Science Center at Keene State College

Every year, we train citizen scientists to serve on Salamander Crossing Brigades throughout the Monadnock Region. To join the ranks – or simply to learn more about the remarkable spring amphibian migration – join us for this fun volunteer training.

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April 2020

Environmental Studies Institute: Forest Dynamics

Wednesday, April 8,
1:00 pm
to 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, April 22, 2020

A diagram depicting tree growth over time, adapted from Oliver 1978.

Join Harris Center Director and forest ecologist Jeremy Wilson for an online course exploring the dramatic and complex changes our forests experience over time.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Forest Dynamics

Wednesday, April 15,
1:00 pm
to 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, April 22, 2020

A diagram depicting tree growth over time, adapted from Oliver 1978.

Join Harris Center Director and forest ecologist Jeremy Wilson for an online course exploring the dramatic and complex changes our forests experience over time.

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Conserving Grassland Birds in New England

Thursday, April 16,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED until further notice.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A Boblink perched on a blade of grass. (photo © Peter Swaine via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join renowned ornithologist Jon Atwood to learn about regional conservation initiatives focused on grassland birds, including the Bobolink Project and the status of Eastern Meadowlarks.

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Art in Wood: A Discussion and Demonstration

Friday, April 17,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED until further notice.
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A marquetry apple blossom by Craig Altobello

Join marquetry artist Craig Altobello and forest ecologist Jeremy Wilson for an evening at the intersection of art and ecology.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Forest Dynamics

Wednesday, April 22,
1:00 pm
to 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, April 22, 2020

A diagram depicting tree growth over time, adapted from Oliver 1978.

Join Harris Center Director and forest ecologist Jeremy Wilson for an online course exploring the dramatic and complex changes our forests experience over time.

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May 2020

Opossums and Their Marsupial Ways

Saturday, May 2,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Zoom
A possume climbing a tree. (photo © Dennis Church via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join teacher-naturalist Susie Spikol for a talk on North America’s only marsupial. Discover how the oddball opossum survives and thrives, and leave with a new understanding of this oft-misunderstood mammal!

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June 2020

“Good Bug or Bad Bug?” for Gardeners

Wednesday, June 17,
4:00 pm
to 5:00 pm
Zoom
A grasshopper on a leaf. (photo Tianne Strombeck)

Do you ever wonder if an insect is helpful or harmful to your garden? Find out by joining Jenna Spear, Harris Center teacher-naturalist and resident entomologist, for this virtual conversation.

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Trains from Hancock and Harrisville to Beyond

Friday, June 26,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A historic photo of the Elmwood Junction railroad depot. (photo courtesy of the Historical Society of Cheshire County)

Join Alan Rumrill, Director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County, for an enlightening talk on the train history of Hancock and Harrisville.

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North of the Notches: The Great North Woods of New Hampshire

Tuesday, June 30,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
A Bay-breasted Warbler. (photo © Phil Brown)

Join birder, naturalist, and long-time Hawk Watch Coordinator Phil Brown for scenes and stories of the wildlife and wild places in the spectacular Great North Woods.

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July 2020

Bobcats in New Hampshire: The Latest Research

Friday, July 24,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom

Join wildlife biologist Rory Carroll for this special presentation on what the UNH research team has learned about how bobcats have come to flourish in our region, and how we can best share the landscape with this charismatic carnivore.

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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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Coyotes of Gotham

Friday, August 28,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A coyote in an urban setting. (photo © Renee Grayson via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Dr. Chris Nagy for a slideshow and discussion of his research on coyotes and other wildlife in New York City. Find out how these canines make a living in the Big Apple -- and what the Gotham Coyote research is revealing about the secret lives of these fascinating and resilient mammals.  

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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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Stuffed in Time: A History of Taxidermy as Art, Science, and Conservation

Thursday, September 10,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
Divya Anantharaman with one of her taxidermied specimens. (photo © Divya Anantharaman)

Join New York City’s premier taxidermist, Divya Anantharaman of Gotham Taxidermy, for a fascinating talk on the art of taxidermy and its role in science and conservation.

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Environmental Studies Institute: A Natural History of Autumn

Friday, September 11,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until Friday, October 9, 2020

Zoom

Join us for this five-part series on the natural history of New England's most iconic season. Learn to find the signposts of autumn, and explore the science of seasonal change in birds, mammals, insects, trees, and fungi.

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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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Environmental Studies Institute: A Natural History of Autumn

Friday, September 18,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Friday, repeating until Friday, October 9, 2020

Zoom

Join us for this five-part series on the natural history of New England's most iconic season. Learn to find the signposts of autumn, and explore the science of seasonal change in birds, mammals, insects, trees, and fungi.

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