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September 2020

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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Source to Sea Cleanup

Saturday, September 26,
9:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Keene
A volunteer participates in the Source to Sea Cleanup. (photo © Connecticut River Conservancy)

Make a difference for our local rivers during the Connecticut River Conservancy’s annual Source to Sea Cleanup! In the Monadnock Region, we’ll focus on Beaver Brook and the Ashuelot River in Keene and Swanzey.

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Soar with the Hawks: A Program for Homeschoolers and Remote Learners

Monday, September 28,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, repeating until Monday, September 28, 2020

Hancock
A boy studies drawings of hawk silhouettes on a Harris Center hawkwatching outing. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join Harris Center raptor education specialist Kim Snyder to learn everything you always wanted to know about New England’s raptors! This in-person, outdoor learning experience is for homeschoolers and remote learners  in Grades 2 through 6.

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“H is for Hawk” Reading & Discussion Group

Monday, September 28,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Monday, repeating until Monday, September 28, 2020

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

Join poet, playwright, falconer, and naturalist Henry Walters to read and discuss the award-winning memoir by Helen Macdonald, "H is for Hawk."

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An Evening with Contemporary Wildlife Artist Rosemary Conroy

Wednesday, September 30,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm

Join us for a special conversation with local artist Rosemary Conroy, whose vibrant and colorful paintings celebrate the mystery, beauty, and wonder of wild creatures both near and far.

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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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The Singing Stream: A Musical Hike on the Hiroshi Loop Trail

Friday, October 9
Hiroshi Land
The meadow on the Harris Center's Hiroshi Land, in October. (photo © Meade Cadot)

With Franz Schubert’s tender song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin (“The Lovely Maid of the Mill”) as your guide, we invite you to heighten your senses, open your heart, and walk in the woods in a new way.

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Environmental Studies Institute: A Natural History of Autumn

Friday, October 9,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

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.

Learn more »

The Singing Stream: A Musical Hike on the Hiroshi Loop Trail

Saturday, October 10
Hiroshi Land
The meadow on the Harris Center's Hiroshi Land, in October. (photo © Meade Cadot)

With Franz Schubert’s tender song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin (“The Lovely Maid of the Mill”) as your guide, we invite you to heighten your senses, open your heart, and walk in the woods in a new way.

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Backroads Biking in the Monadnock Region: Hancock to Eastview Loop

Saturday, October 10,
10:00 am
to 12:00 pm
Hancock & Harrisville
A bicycle rests at the gate to the Harris Center's Cadot Trail. (photo © Russ Cobb)

Join David Sobel and Jennifer Kramer for a 10.5-mile ride through Hancock and Harrisville, with 800 feet of elevation gain and gorgeous views of pastures, ponds, marshes, big boulders, and more.

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The Singing Stream: A Musical Hike on the Hiroshi Loop Trail

Sunday, October 11
Hiroshi Land
The meadow on the Harris Center's Hiroshi Land, in October. (photo © Meade Cadot)

With Franz Schubert’s tender song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin (“The Lovely Maid of the Mill”) as your guide, we invite you to heighten your senses, open your heart, and walk in the woods in a new way.

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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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Go Wild for At-Home Learners: Mushroom Madness

Tuesday, October 20,
1:00 pm
to 2:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A hand holding an orange mushroom. (photo © Ben Conant)

Have you ever wondered about mushrooms? Join Harris Center naturalists to explore the fascinating world of fungi! This in-person, outdoor learning experience is for homeschoolers and remote learners in Grades 1 through 5.

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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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Babies in Backpacks & Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, October 22,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Peterborough
Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol leads a program for young children. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for a morning ramble with your little ones along a winding trail in a magical corner of Peterborough.

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“Ask a Naturalist” Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, October 22,
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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Harris Center Annual Meeting: Celebrating 50 Years

Friday, October 23,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom

Join Harris Center staff, trustees, and friends for the capstone celebration of our 50th Anniversary Year. We'll review highlights from our first half-century, and share some more recent causes for celebration. Bring your own champagne for a toast for our 50th!

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Backroads Biking in the Monadnock Region: Chesham to Eastview Loop

Saturday, October 24,
10:00 am
to 1:00 pm
Harrisville

Join David Sobel and Jennifer Kramer for a 13.2-mile ride on and off an old railroad bed, with gorgeous pond and marsh views.

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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

Go Wild for At-Home Learners: Squirrels Up Close

Tuesday, November 17,
1:00 pm
to 2:30 pm
Harris Center for Conservation Education
A gray squirrel perched on a wooden platform. (photo © Jacob McGinnis via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Harris Center naturalists to explore the secret world of squirrels! This in-person, outdoor learning experience is for homeschoolers and remote learners in Grades 1 through 5.

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“Ask a Naturalist” Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, November 19,
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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December 2020

Go Wild for At-Home Learners: Everlasting Evergreens

Tuesday, December 15,
1:00 pm
to 2:30 pm
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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“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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