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January 2019

The Life and Times of New Hampshire’s Fishers

Wednesday, January 23,
12:00 pm
to 1:00 pm
Peterborough Town Library
A fisher pauses in the midst of a meal. (photo © Two Wild)

If you have a soft spot for the underdog or just want to learn more about New Hampshire’s most misunderstood mustelid, join Susie Spikol for this lively lunchtime talk.

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Preschool Teacher Workshop: Sharing Winter Nature with Children

Saturday, January 26,
9:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A needle-felted owl. (photo: Rjabinnik and Rounien via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Carol Lunan (The Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center) and Susie Spikol (Harris Center for Conservation Education) for a morning of discovering how to keep winter nature alive in your classroom. Make a beeswax model of a fox, needle-felt an owl, plant a winter garden, and more!

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Groundbreaking Conservation in Eastern Nepal

Saturday, January 26,
2:00 pm
to 3:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A snow leopard stares into the distance. (photo © Eric Kilby via the Flickr Creative Commons license)

Come meet Rajeev Goyal and Priyanka Bista, the leaders of one of the most ambitious conservation projects in the world. Their "vertical university" of protected lands and learning centers in eastern Nepal protects iconic wildlife and plants -- including snow leopards, dolphins, and red pandas -- across a range of elevations.

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Tracking Basics

Sunday, January 27,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A line of children and their parents practice "walking like a wolf" through the snow during a Harris Center tracking program. (photo © Bill Gnade)

Have you ever wondered what mammals walk through your yard or leave scat on your stone wall? If you have, join us for this beginning workshop on mammal tracking! Perfect for families with children in elementary school.

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“Charlie & the Curious Otters” Film

Thursday, January 31,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Putnam Theater at Keene State College
A North American river otter on the ice. (photo © Charlie Hamilton James/PBS Nature)

This playful documentary follows wildlife filmmaker Charlie Hamilton James as he travels across the globe in search of otters — revealing the secrets of their survival through never-before-seen footage.

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February 2019

Easygoing Hike through Friedsam Forest

Friday, February 1,
10:00 am
to 2:30 pm
Friedsam Town Forest
A smiling snowshoe hiker crosses a snowy footbridge. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join Rich Taylor and Lee Baker for a moderately strenuous, 2.5-mile roundtrip snowshoe hike along trails in the Friedsam Town Forest in Chesterfield.

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Winter Wildlife Tracking Workshop

Wednesday, February 6,
9:00 am
to 2:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A bobcat track in the snow. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Join wildlife biologists from UNH Cooperative Extension and expert tracking instructors from White Pine Programs as they guide you through field, forest, and wetland in search of winter wildlife tracks and sign.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Winter Ecology

Thursday, February 7,
10:30 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, February 21, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
White-throated Sparrows forage in the snow. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join Harris Center naturalist John Benjamin to explore the many amazing adaptations animals employ to find food, keep warm, and stay alive during the winter months.

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The Prickly Truth of Porcupine Courtship

Saturday, February 9,
11:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Nelson Town Hall
A woodcut illustration of a porcupine. (artwork © Kim Cunningham)

Join Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol for a lively discussion on the unusual courtship habits of the North American porcupine. Get in the Valentine’s Day mood early by learning how male porcupines dance their way into the hearts of their mates!

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Nature on Tap: Owl L’Amour

Wednesday, February 13,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Hancock Inn
Nature on Tap logo

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with naturalist Susie Spikol and this light-hearted happy hour 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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Environmental Studies Institute: Winter Ecology

Thursday, February 14,
10:30 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, February 21, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
White-throated Sparrows forage in the snow. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join Harris Center naturalist John Benjamin to explore the many amazing adaptations animals employ to find food, keep warm, and stay alive during the winter months.

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Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

Saturday, February 16,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A young boy peers at something small held by Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for a slow, simple ramble around the Harris Center grounds, specially geared toward babies, toddlers, and their caregivers.

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Managing a Sugarbush for Wildlife (and Maple Syrup!)

Sunday, February 17,
9:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Metal buckets hanging on trees to collect sap. (photo © Putneypics)

Join Matt Tarr and Steve Roberge of UNH Cooperative Extension for a visit to a local sugarbush, where we’ll discuss best management practices for both sugaring and wildlife.

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Forest Bathing by Moonlight

Tuesday, February 19,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Branches are silhoutted against the full Flower Moon. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Open your senses, slow down, and find solace in nature on this revitalizing moonlit ramble with Susie Spikol and Marilyn Wyzga.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Winter Ecology

Thursday, February 21,
10:30 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, February 21, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
White-throated Sparrows forage in the snow. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Join Harris Center naturalist John Benjamin to explore the many amazing adaptations animals employ to find food, keep warm, and stay alive during the winter months.

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Snowshoeing Sharon Ledges

Saturday, February 23,
10:30 am
to 2:00 pm
Wapack Trail
A group of hikers snowshoe uphill along a stone wall. (photo © Russ Cobb)

Join Dave Butler for a moderately strenuous, 3-mile snowshoe hike on the historic Wapack Trail.

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Winter Adventures Camp

Monday, February 25,
9:00 am
to Wednesday, February 27,
3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Kids enjoy a snowshoe race at the Harris Center's winter vacation camp. (photo © Caitlin Houlihan)

Join us for Winter Adventures, a three-day winter vacation camp filled with snowshoeing, fort building, animal tracking, nature crafts, games, songs, and more!

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Winter Survival Skills for Middle Schoolers

Monday, February 25,
9:00 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A girl sits on a rock and whittles.

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist John Benjamin for a day of learning winter survival skills, including fire making, shelter building, food and water gathering, and basic winter first aid

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March 2019

Easygoing Hike through the Hiroshi Land

Friday, March 1,
10:00 am
to 2:30 pm
Hiroshi Land
A group of hikers explore the Hiroshi Land in winter. (photo © Laurel Swope-Brush)

Join Lee Baker and Rich Taylor for a moderately strenuous, 2-mile roundtrip hike through the Harris Center's Hiroshi Land, following Nubanusit Brook to Dinsmore Pond.

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2nd Annual Norway Pond Symposium

Saturday, March 2,
8:30 am
to 3:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
An aerial view of Norway Pond, Hancock, and Mount Monadnock. (photo © LandVest)

Join us for a day of talks highlighting recent research on the ecology of Norway Pond in Hancock. Topics will include the historical record of human activity and environmental change revealed by pond sediments and tree coresand water quality.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Owls of New Hampshire

Monday, March 4,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday, repeating until Monday, March 11, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Barred Owl. (photo © Vivienne Strauss)

Join biologist Hillary Siener for this short course on the anatomy, behavior, identification, conservation, and life history of New Hampshire’s owls.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Owls of New Hampshire

Monday, March 11,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday, repeating until Monday, March 11, 2019

Harris Center for Conservation Education
Barred Owl. (photo © Vivienne Strauss)

Join biologist Hillary Siener for this short course on the anatomy, behavior, identification, conservation, and life history of New Hampshire’s owls.

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“My Life as a Turkey” Film and Talk

Thursday, March 14,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Hancock Town Library
A man crouches with a Wild Turkey perched on his head. (photo © PBS Nature)

This charming, award-winning documentary provides a rare glimpse into how these curious, intelligent wild birds see the world. Following the film, NHFG biologist Mark Ellingwood will be on hand to "talk turkey."

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Forest Bathing by Moonlight

Thursday, March 21,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Branches are silhoutted against the full Flower Moon. (photo © Meade Cadot)

Open your senses, slow down, and find solace in nature on this revitalizing moonlit ramble with Susie Spikol and Marilyn Wyzga.

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Tasting the Grade: A Guide to Maple Syrup

Thursday, March 21,
7:00 pm
to 8:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Four glass containers, each containing a different grade of maple syrup. (photo © protogarrett via the Flickr Creative Commons license)

Join Steve Roberge for a maple syrup tasting in celebration of sugaring season. Steve will serve as our “sommelier” for the evening, guiding us through the various grades from very dark to amber.

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Salamander Crossing Brigades Workshop in Keene

Friday, March 22,
7:00 pm
to 9:00 pm
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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Osgood Hill Hike

Saturday, March 23,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Kulish Ledges Trailhead

Join Kathy Schillemat for a moderately strenuous, 3-mile hike along a rough trail to the top of Osgood Hill, with views along the way to Spoonwood Pond and Nubanusit Lake.

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Salamander Crossing Brigades Workshop in Harrisville

Sunday, March 24,
1:00 pm
to 3:00 pm
Harrisville Town Hall

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 Hancock

Saturday, March 30,
10:00 am
to 12:00 pm
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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35th Annual “Waterfowl Safari” Along the Connecticut River

Sunday, March 31,
8:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Connecticut River
Snow geese migrating across a moonlit sky. (photo © Dagmar Collins)

The spring bird migration begins in March as waterfowl move north through along the Connecticut River. We’ll carpool to the best birding spots, with a little easy walking as needed, in hopes of seeing the spectacle.

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