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March 2021

Abbott Thayer’s Monadnock: The Intersection of Natural History, Artistic Research, and World War

Thursday, March 11,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
Mount Monadnock by Abbott Thayer (image © Corcoran Gallery of Art via the Wikimedia Commons)

This richly illustrated presentation by artist and art historian April Claggett will take a deep dive into the lessons that Abbott Thayer — Dublin resident, natural historian, and a leading American artist in his day — learned from our local landscape.

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Women in Science Speaker Series: Corals and Climate Change — Learning from the Past

Wednesday, March 17,
12:00 pm
to 1:00 pm
Zoom
Dr. Logan Brenner in her lab.

Celebrate Women's History Month with this series of talks highlighting women scientists in New England and beyond! In this third talk of the series, join paleoclimatologist Dr. Logan Brenner for a fascinating delve into the past, and to learn what coral skeletons can tell us about our planet's climate history.

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Salamander Crossing Brigade Workshop

Thursday, March 18,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Zoom

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

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Women in Science Speaker Series: My Journey Through Science — From Africa to Gametopia

Wednesday, March 24,
12:00 pm
to 1:00 pm
Zoom
Chidi Paige at the Education Lab

Celebrate Women's History Month with this series of talks highlighting women scientists in New England and beyond! In this talk, innovative STEM educator Chidi Paige will trace her path from student to successful science-themed game designer.

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Hooting It Up with Owls

Saturday, March 27,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Zoom
A portrait of a Barred Owl. (photo © Philip Brown via unsplash)

Join Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol for a presentation on the lives and loves of New Hampshire's owls. Find out who's hooting in your back woods and what their calls mean.

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Women in Science Speaker Series: Critter Cartoons for Conservation

Wednesday, March 31,
12:00 pm
to 1:00 pm
Zoom
A photo of cartoonist Rosemary Mosco holding antlers up to her head. (photo © Rosemary Mosco)

Celebrate Women's History Month with this series of talks highlighting women scientists in New England and beyond! For this final talk of the series, join cartoonist, naturalist, and author Rosemary Mosco to dive into the funny side of nature, and to discover why comics and science are natural allies.

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April 2021

Willow the Beaver

Friday, April 2,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
Willow the Beaver. (photo © Patti Smith)

Follow along with naturalist Patti Smith as she shares stories of Willow, the matriarch of a beaver colony on a wild brook in southeastern Vermont.

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Vernal Pools 101

Saturday, April 3,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Zoom

Glance at a vernal pool in October and you’ll see a dry depression in the forest floor. Look again in April and you’ll find a woodland pond, teeming with life! As spring unfolds, join Brett Amy Thelen for a virtual introduction to these exquisite, ephemeral ecosystems.

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Secrets from the Deep Dark Below: Amazing Adaptations of Life Underground

Thursday, April 8,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
A Short-tailed Shrew pokes its head out of a stone wall. (photo © Gilles Gonthier)

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for a glimpse at life underground, with special focus on the star-nosed mole and short-tailed shrew.

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Slow Birding with Bird Diva Bridget Butler

Wednesday, April 14,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom

Join “Bird Diva” Bridget Butler for this introduction to a different kind of birding practice, and reimagine how you connect with birds.

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Environmental Studies Institute: The Biology & Inspiration of Birdsong

Tuesday, April 20,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Zoom
Eastern Meadowlark singing. (photo © OH Falcon via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us for a four-week exploration of the biology of birdsong, and how bird music has inspired humans throughout time. Discover how and why birds sing, and how writers, poets, and musicians have translated birdsong into art.

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How to Be a Stargazer: Spring Edition

Friday, April 23,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
An engraving by Camille Flammarion depicting the night sky, ca. 1888.

Join David McDonald, stargazing expert and former director of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, for an evening of night sky watching tips. Discover the stories the stars have to tell, and where to find them in our spring skies! 

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Environmental Studies Institute: The Biology & Inspiration of Birdsong

Tuesday, April 27,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Zoom
Eastern Meadowlark singing. (photo © OH Falcon via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us for a four-week exploration of the biology of birdsong, and how bird music has inspired humans throughout time. Discover how and why birds sing, and how writers, poets, and musicians have translated birdsong into art.

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Coexisting with Carnivores

Thursday, April 29,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A portrait of a grizzly bear. (photo © Princess Lodges via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join wildlife biologist Steve Gehmann for a review of the return of large carnivores, and a discussion of how humans and carnivores can come to coexist.

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May 2021

Environmental Studies Institute: Introduction to Slow Birding

Monday, May 3,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, May 24, 2021

Zoom
Bird Diva Bridget Butler practicing "Slow Birding" (photo © Bridget Butler)

This four-week course is designed to help you fine-tune your innate birding skills while creating a deeper connection to birds, the place you live, and yourself. Great for beginners and experienced birders alike!

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Environmental Studies Institute: The Biology & Inspiration of Birdsong

Tuesday, May 4,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Zoom
Eastern Meadowlark singing. (photo © OH Falcon via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us for a four-week exploration of the biology of birdsong, and how bird music has inspired humans throughout time. Discover how and why birds sing, and how writers, poets, and musicians have translated birdsong into art.

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Caterpillars — The Whole Story: Caterpillars, Connections, and Why Biodiversity Matters

Thursday, May 6,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
A photo of a swallowtail caterpillar by Sam Jaffe

Join Sam Jaffe of The Caterpillar Lab for a deep dive into the world of native caterpillars — and toward a more complete understanding of local biodiversity.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Introduction to Slow Birding

Monday, May 10,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, May 24, 2021

Zoom
Bird Diva Bridget Butler practicing "Slow Birding" (photo © Bridget Butler)

This four-week course is designed to help you fine-tune your innate birding skills while creating a deeper connection to birds, the place you live, and yourself. Great for beginners and experienced birders alike!

Learn more »

Environmental Studies Institute: The Biology & Inspiration of Birdsong

Tuesday, May 11,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Zoom
Eastern Meadowlark singing. (photo © OH Falcon via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us for a four-week exploration of the biology of birdsong, and how bird music has inspired humans throughout time. Discover how and why birds sing, and how writers, poets, and musicians have translated birdsong into art.

Learn more »

Humans and Nature in the Monadnock Region: The First 12,000 Years

Friday, May 14
Zoom

Spend an evening with renowned archaeologist Dr. Bob Goodby as he shares what local archaeological finds have revealed about settlement patterns, seasonal movements, technology, and responses to climate change in the Monadnock Region over the last 12,000 years. This special presentation is offered by invitation only to current Harris Center supporters.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Introduction to Slow Birding

Monday, May 17,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, May 24, 2021

Zoom
Bird Diva Bridget Butler practicing "Slow Birding" (photo © Bridget Butler)

This four-week course is designed to help you fine-tune your innate birding skills while creating a deeper connection to birds, the place you live, and yourself. Great for beginners and experienced birders alike!

Learn more »

Pollinators We Love to Hate

Wednesday, May 19,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
A mosquito on a purple flower. (photo © Flickr user "Andrew_ww" via the Creative Commons)

Join Harris Center naturalist and entomologist Jenna Spear to find out what there is to love about mosquitoes, black flies, Japanese beetles, and more!

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The Lazy Lawnmower: A Simple Way to Help Native Bees

Thursday, May 20,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
Dr. Susannah Lerman mows a suburban lawn as part of her "lazy lawnmower" pollinator research. (photo © UMASS Amherst)

Join Dr. Susannah Lerman to learn how a “lazy lawnmower” approach to maintaining your yard can help restore habitat for bees and other pollinators.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Introduction to Slow Birding

Monday, May 24,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, May 24, 2021

Zoom
Bird Diva Bridget Butler practicing "Slow Birding" (photo © Bridget Butler)

This four-week course is designed to help you fine-tune your innate birding skills while creating a deeper connection to birds, the place you live, and yourself. Great for beginners and experienced birders alike!

Learn more »

Cyanobacteria 101

Tuesday, May 25,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A bright green cyanobacteria bloom. (photo © NH DES)

Join Dr. Amanda McQuaid for an introduction to cyanobacteria in New Hampshire lakes and ponds. We'll cover what cyanobacteria is, why it matters, how to recognize it, when to be concerned — and when not to be!

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Firefly Watch with Mass Audubon

Wednesday, May 26,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
Fireflies alight. (photo © Fred Huang via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join staff from Mass Audubon's Firefly Watch to learn how and why fireflies light up, how to identify them by their flash patterns, and how they can help inform us about a wide array of environmental issues.

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New Hampshire’s Loons

Thursday, May 27,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
A fuzzy loon chick nestles up to its parent. (photo © Kittie Wilson)

Join the Loon Preservation Committee to learn about the biology, life history, and challenges facing loons — as well as ways you can help loons thrive on New Hampshire lakes.

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June 2021

Project Nighthawk Volunteer Training

Thursday, June 3,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A Common Nighthawk, silhouetted against the twilight sky. (photo © Kenneth Cole Schneider)

Help keep track of Keene's most charismatic endangered bird by joining us for a virtual "Project Nighthawk" volunteer training!

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Living Light: Fireflies, Light Pollution & What You Can Do To Help

Tuesday, June 8,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
An evening meadow with fireflies.

Join entomologist Avalon C.S. Owens to learn how light pollution affects fireflies — along with some simple solutions for ensuring that our lights don't interfere with their unique bioluminescent signals.

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Vermont’s Wild Bee Survey: What New Hampshire Can Learn

Thursday, June 10,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
NOTE: This program has been POSTPONED.
Zoom
A bumble bee on a flower. (photo © Dennis Thompson)

Join conservation biologist Kent McFarland to learn about the Vermont Wild Bee Survey, which is collecting data on the population status, habitat needs, and conservation of these essential invertebrates.

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