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May 2019

Environmental Studies Institute: Water and Us

Thursday, May 16, 2019,
2:00 pm
to 3:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, May 23, 2019

RiverMead Auditorium
Historic photograph of a rushing river at the Monadnock Blanket Mill in Marlborough NH. (photo © Historical Society of Cheshire County)

Join author and journalist Jim Rousmaniere for a four-week course exploring water’s impact on humans, and humans’ impact on water, since the beginning of the industrial revolution.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Water and Us

Thursday, May 23, 2019,
2:00 pm
to 3:15 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, May 23, 2019

RiverMead Auditorium
Historic photograph of a rushing river at the Monadnock Blanket Mill in Marlborough NH. (photo © Historical Society of Cheshire County)

Join author and journalist Jim Rousmaniere for a four-week course exploring water’s impact on humans, and humans’ impact on water, since the beginning of the industrial revolution.

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Town by Town, Watershed by Watershed: Native Americans in New Hampshire

Thursday, May 23, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A drawing of a historic Abenaki Village.

Join John and Donna Moody of the Winter Center for Indigenous Traditions for an engaging exploration of the history of New Hampshire's Abenaki and Penacook peoples, with a focus on our local area.

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July 2019

Water Connections: What Fresh Water Means to Us and What We Mean to Water

Thursday, July 11, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Hancock Town Library
Dinsmore Pond, as viewed from the Hiroshi Loop Trail. (photo © Will Holden)

Join journalist Jim Rousmaniere for a talk based on his new book on the connections between people and water. He'll discuss floods and flood control, watershed protection, hydropower, pollutants, and more.

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Owl L’Amour

Saturday, July 13, 2019,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Harrisville Public Library
Barred Owl. (photo © Vivienne Strauss)

Join Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol for this light-hearted talk on owl courtship. Find out how Barred Owls woo, and learn what all that wild hooting is about in the woods!

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Nature on Tap: A Loon Ranger’s Life

Wednesday, July 17, 2019,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Post & Beam Brewing
A fuzzy loon chick nestles up to its parent. (photo © Kittie Wilson)

Join us at the Post & Beam Brewery for happy hour storytelling with Caroline Hughes of the Loon Preservation Committee. Find out the secrets of one of New Hampshire’s most iconic species and raise your glass to this majestic bird!

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Space Animals

Tuesday, July 23, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Hancock Town Library
A vintage postage stamp depicting a dog in a space ship..

Join Susie Spikol for an evening slideshow on the history of animals in space as part of the Hancock Town Library’s summer reading program.

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August 2019

The Emerging LiDAR Landscape: A New Way of Looking at the Land

Thursday, August 22, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Join Rick Chormann, NH state geologist, for an introduction to Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology, with an emphasis on glacial landforms. Rick will also discuss stone walls as landforms, their place in New Hampshire history, and the New Hampshire Stone Wall Mapping project.

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September 2019

Raptor Migration in NH: What the Numbers Tell Us

Monday, September 16, 2019,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A kettle of Broad-winged Hawks against the backdrop of a bluebird sky. (photo © Billtacular via Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Phil Brown for a talk about hawkwatching in New Hampshire and the natural history of commonly-seen raptors.

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Fishers: Separating Fact from Fiction

Thursday, September 19, 2019,
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, 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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
1:00 pm
to 2:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

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.

Learn more »

May 2020

Opossums and Their Marsupial Ways

Saturday, May 2, 2020,
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, 2020,
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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