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December 2020

Environmental Studies Institute: Carnivore Cousins

Tuesday, December 1,
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: Wild Poems I Have Known

Wednesday, December 2,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Zoom
Henry Walters, holding his hawk. (photo © Madeleine Bruce)

Join local poet and naturalist Henry Walters to read and discuss poetry that takes its cue from the flora and fauna of New Hampshire and beyond.

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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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Environmental Studies Institute: Carnivore Cousins

Tuesday, December 8,
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.

Learn more »

Environmental Studies Institute: Wild Poems I Have Known

Wednesday, December 9,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Zoom
Henry Walters, holding his hawk. (photo © Madeleine Bruce)

Join local poet and naturalist Henry Walters to read and discuss poetry that takes its cue from the flora and fauna of New Hampshire and beyond.

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Wildfire: What’s Going On?

Thursday, December 10,
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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Environmental Studies Institute: Wild Poems I Have Known

Wednesday, December 16,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Zoom
Henry Walters, holding his hawk. (photo © Madeleine Bruce)

Join local poet and naturalist Henry Walters to read and discuss poetry that takes its cue from the flora and fauna of New Hampshire and beyond.

Learn more »

“Ask a Naturalist” Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, December 17,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm

Join us for a fun, informal, nature-focused happy hour -- via Zoom! Come prepared with questions about nearby nature, or just sit back and listen to our team of talented Harris Center naturalists as they share their own observations.

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Go Wild for At-Home Learners: Everlasting Evergreens

Friday, December 18,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A caterpillar is well camouflaged in the hemlock branches. (photo Brett Amy Thelen).

December is the perfect time to get crazy with conifers! We'll study cones, search for shrubs, and learn to tell a pine from a hemlock. This in-person, outdoor learning experience is for homeschoolers and remote learners in Grades 1 through 5.

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47th Annual Christmas Bird Count for Hancock, Peterborough, and Surrounding Towns

Saturday, December 19
Hancock, Peterborough and Surrounding Towns

Begun locally in 1973, the Christmas Bird Count is the world’s oldest and largest biological survey and citizen science endeavor, with thousands of participants worldwide. No need to be an expert!

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January 2021

“Ask a Naturalist” Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, January 14, 2021,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm

Join us for a fun, informal, nature-focused happy hour -- via Zoom! Come prepared with questions about nearby nature, or just sit back and listen to our team of talented Harris Center naturalists as they share their own observations.

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Weathering Winter: Life at Low Temperatures

Tuesday, January 19, 2021,
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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