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October 2020

Veracruz River of Raptors: Monitoring the World’s Largest Concentration of Migrating Raptors

Tuesday, October 20, 2020,
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, 2020,
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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Babies in Backpacks & Toddlers in Tow

Thursday, October 22, 2020,
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, 2020,
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: Mushroom Madness

Friday, October 23, 2020,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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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Harris Center Annual Meeting: Celebrating 50 Years

Friday, October 23, 2020,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
Harris Center Annual Meeting 2020 logo

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, 2020,
10:00 am
to 1:00 pm
NOTE: This program has been CANCELED.
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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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

Spooky Birds

Friday, November 6, 2020,
1:00 pm
to 2:30 pm
Hancock
A raven flying above a graveyard on a full-moon night. (photo © Jeanne Masar via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join raptor education specialist Kim Snyder for this positively haunting in-person program on birds with scary reputations. From owls to crows, ravens to vultures, discover what's true about these birds -- and what's just a spooky story.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Carnivore Cousins

Tuesday, November 17, 2020,
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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“Ask a Naturalist” Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, November 19, 2020,
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: Squirrels Up Close

Friday, November 20, 2020,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
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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Environmental Studies Institute: Carnivore Cousins

Tuesday, November 24, 2020,
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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December 2020

Environmental Studies Institute: Carnivore Cousins

Tuesday, December 1, 2020,
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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Environmental Studies Institute: Wild Poems I Have Known

Wednesday, December 2, 2020,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

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, 2020,
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, 2020,
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.

Learn more »

Environmental Studies Institute: Wild Poems I Have Known

Wednesday, December 9, 2020,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

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, 2020,
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, 2020,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

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, 2020,
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, 2020,
10:00 am
to 11:30 am
NOTE: This program has been POSTPONED.
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, 2020
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

Environmental Studies Institute: “What A Wonderful World” Song Club with Jazimina MacNeil

Wednesday, January 6,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Zoom
Jazimina McNeil with a monarch butterfly. (photo © Lori Pedrick)

Join mezzo-soprano Jazimina MacNeil to explore a treasure trove of songs written by great artists who drew inspiration from the natural world -- from Schubert to Amy Beach to Stevie Wonder. Like a book club, but with songs!

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LAB GIRLS Goes Wild: A Monthly Online STEM Club for Girls

Thursday, January 7,
5:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every month that begins at 5:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Thursday, June 3, 2021

Zoom

Calling all girls from grades 5 through 12! Join us for this fun, monthly, online afterschool club to grow your skills as a wildlife scientist.

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“Ask a Naturalist” Virtual Happy Hour

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

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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How to Be a Stargazer

Friday, January 15,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
An engraving by Camille Flammarion depicting the night sky, ca. 1888.

Winter is a wonderful time to experience the night sky, as longer nights and cold, dry weather make for fantastic star gazing. Join David McDonald of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center to find out what to look for in the winter night sky, including how to find specific constellations.

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Weathering Winter: Life at Low Temperatures

Tuesday, January 19,
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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The New England Cottontail: A Rabbit on the Run

Thursday, January 21,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A New England Cottontail. (photo © J. Maughn via the Flickr Creative Commons)

New England cottontails were once common throughout the Northeast, but are now endangered in New Hampshire. Join UNH wildlife biologist Dr. Adrienne Kovach to learn about her work on the reintroduction of these rare rabbits.

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