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August 2020

Coyotes of Gotham

Friday, August 28, 2020,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
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, 2020,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
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, 2020,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
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, 2020,
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

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, 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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Environmental Studies Institute: A Natural History of Autumn

Friday, September 18, 2020,
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

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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Environmental Studies Institute: A Natural History of Autumn

Friday, September 25, 2020,
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

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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October 2020

Environmental Studies Institute: A Natural History of Autumn

Friday, October 2, 2020,
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

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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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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Fascinating Fungi

Thursday, October 8, 2020,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
A fly agaric mushroom. (photo © Aleksey Gnilenkov via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Dr. Lawrence Millman for an evening of stories from his latest book Fungipedia, an illustrated mini-encyclopedia of mushroom lore. You won't want to miss this fun glimpse into the fascinating world of fungi!

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Environmental Studies Institute: A Natural History of Autumn

Friday, October 9, 2020,
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

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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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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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Great Outdoors

Friday, October 16, 2020,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom

Join us for a special evening with Running Grass, who will share his thoughts on what we can do to ensure that trails, conserved lands, and environmental education programs are welcoming spaces for all.

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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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Coyotes, Fishers, and Bears, Oh My!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
A black bear up a tree. (photo © Polly Pattison)

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for an engaging Zoom talk about coexisting with coyotes, fishers, and bears. We'll explore key aspects of each species' behavior and ecology, crack open some myths, and learn how to be good neighbors to these oft-misunderstood mammals.

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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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Spiders! Do You Dare….?

Thursday, October 29, 2020,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
An orb weaver spider. (photo © Dave Huth)

Don't let Halloween pass by without joining us for this spine-tingling talk with spider expert Karen Cangialosi! Get in touch with your spidey sense and discover the truth about these oft-misunderstood and feared creatures.

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November 2020

Environmental Studies Institute: Carnivore Cousins

Tuesday, November 17, 2020,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Zoom
A portrait of a grizzly bear. (photo © Princess Lodges via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join wildlife biologist Steve Gehman for this four-part online series on carnivores. Each session will be devoted to one of four mammal families, with discussions on bears, coyotes, wolves, bobcats, mountain lions, wolverines, and more.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Carnivore Cousins

Tuesday, November 24, 2020,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Zoom
A portrait of a grizzly bear. (photo © Princess Lodges via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join wildlife biologist Steve Gehman for this four-part online series on carnivores. Each session will be devoted to one of four mammal families, with discussions on bears, coyotes, wolves, bobcats, mountain lions, wolverines, and more.

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December 2020

Environmental Studies Institute: Carnivore Cousins

Tuesday, December 1, 2020,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Zoom
A portrait of a grizzly bear. (photo © Princess Lodges via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join wildlife biologist Steve Gehman for this four-part online series on carnivores. Each session will be devoted to one of four mammal families, with discussions on bears, coyotes, wolves, bobcats, mountain lions, wolverines, and more.

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Santa’s Magic Mushroom: A Look at the Role of the Fly Agaric Mushroom in the Mythology of Santa

Thursday, December 3, 2020,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A vintage holiday card featuring soma mushrooms. (image © Medium / Mustapha Itani)

Mythology meets natural history in this holiday-themed Zoom talk! 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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Environmental Studies Institute: Carnivore Cousins

Tuesday, December 8, 2020,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Zoom
A portrait of a grizzly bear. (photo © Princess Lodges via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join wildlife biologist Steve Gehman for this four-part online series on carnivores. Each session will be devoted to one of four mammal families, with discussions on bears, coyotes, wolves, bobcats, mountain lions, wolverines, and more.

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Wildfire: What’s Going On?

Thursday, December 10, 2020,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A wildfire at Banff National Park. (photo © Cameron Strandberg via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Eric Aldrich and Jeremy Wilson for this online introduction to the ecology of wildfire. Eric will share his personal experiences with controlled burns and fighting wildfires, and Jeremy will introduce some of the complex interactions influencing the intensity and frequency of wildland fires.

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January 2021

How to Be a Stargazer

Friday, January 15,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
An engraving by Camille Flammarion depicting the night sky, ca. 1888.

Winter is a wonderful time to experience the night sky, as longer nights and cold, dry weather make for fantastic star gazing. Join David McDonald of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center to find out what to look for in the winter night sky, including how to find specific constellations.

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Weathering Winter: Life at Low Temperatures

Tuesday, January 19,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A polar bear standing upright on snowy ground. (photo © Hans-Jurgen Mager via Unsplash)

Join Harris Center ecologist Karen Seaver for an introduction to the ways in which animals, plants, and microbes have adapted to life in extreme cold. From penguins to polar bears, bobcats to barred owls, learn how life goes on when the mercury drops!

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The New England Cottontail: A Rabbit on the Run

Thursday, January 21,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A New England Cottontail. (photo © J. Maughn via the Flickr Creative Commons)

New England cottontails were once common throughout the Northeast, but are now endangered in New Hampshire. Join UNH wildlife biologist Dr. Adrienne Kovach to learn about her work on the reintroduction of these rare rabbits.

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February 2021

From Field to Frame: A Night with Wildlife Artist Matt Patterson

Thursday, February 4,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
A portrait of an American Toad by Matt Patterson

Join award-winning wildlife artist Matt Patterson for an evening of art and tales of his adventures.

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Woolly Mammoths: Long-Lost Elephants of New England

Saturday, February 6,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Zoom
A wooly mammoth diorama. (photo © FireHawk Hulin via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Discover the long-lost lives of New England’s forgotten elephants with Harris Center naturalist and woolly mammoth lover Susie Spikol.

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4th Annual Norway Pond Symposium

Saturday, February 27,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED.
Zoom
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 morning of short talks highlighting recent research on water quality and the environmental history of Norway Pond in Hancock.

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March 2021

Women in Science Speaker Series: Milkweed, Monarchs & More

Wednesday, March 3,
12:00 pm
to 1:00 pm
Zoom
Undergraduate researcher Katie Galletta examines milkweed plants for insect herbivory. (photo © Mark Wilson)

Celebrate Women's History Month with this series of talks highlighting women scientists in New England and beyond! In the inaugural talk, join undergraduate researcher Katie Galletta to learn about the interactions between monarch butterflies and the larger community of milkweed-eating insects.

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