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April 2020

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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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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December 2020

Environmental Studies Institute: Carnivore Cousins

Tuesday, December 1,
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,
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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