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May 2020

“Ask a Naturalist” Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, May 28,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
Nature on Tap logo, featuring a leaf in a mug of beer

We've had to postpone our popular Nature on Tap series for the spring, but we're excited to bring you a different kind of naturalist happy hour -- via Zoom!

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June 2020

Nature Singalong with John: Reptile Songs

Wednesday, June 3,
12:00 pm
to 12:30 pm
YouTube
Hands holding a painted turtle hatchling. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist John Benjamin for a good old-fashioned singalong, with a focus on reptiles! John will perform some of his original songs about snakes and turtles, and share the lyrics so you can sing along at home too.

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Bobolinks & Peonies

Thursday, June 4,
8:00 am
to 9:00 am
Jaffrey
A Boblink perched on a blade of grass. (photo © Peter Swaine via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Start your day off right with a visit to a rolling meadow filled with peonies, wildflowers, and the bubbly songs of male Bobolinks.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Reptiles of New Hampshire

Thursday, June 4,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, June 18, 2020

Zoom
A large snapping turtle on a road. (photo © Harlee Strauss)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist John Benjamin for a three-week investigation into the fascinating world of snakes and turtles.

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Online Book Group: “A Swampwalker’s Journal”

Friday, June 5,
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, June 19, 2020

Zoom

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for a discussion of  "Swampwalker's Journal: A Wetland Year" by New Hampshire author, artist, and naturalist David Carroll.

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Storytime with Jaime: Chipmunk Song

Tuesday, June 9,
10:00 am
to 10:15 am
YouTube
A chipmink with a mouth full of nuts. (photo © Alex Lauzon via unsplash)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist Jaime Hutchinson as she reads "Chipmunk Song" by Joanne Ryder. Let your imagination come alive as you pretend to be a chipmunk gathering nuts and berries, hiding from a hawk, or curling up inside your burrow.

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Project Nighthawk Volunteer Training

Tuesday, June 9,
4:30 pm
to 5:30 pm
Zoom
A Common Nighthawk, silhouetted against the twilight sky. (photo © Kenneth Cole Schneider)

Help keep track of Keene's most charismatic endangered bird by nighthawk monitoring.

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Nature Singalong with John: Arthropod Songs

Wednesday, June 10,
12:00 pm
to 12:30 pm
YouTube
An inchworm inches along a mandolin string. (photo © John Benjamin)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist John Benjamin for a good old-fashioned singalong, with a focus on arthropods (bugs)! John will perform some of his original songs about bugs, and share the lyrics so you can sing along at home too.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Reptiles of New Hampshire

Thursday, June 11,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, June 18, 2020

Zoom
A large snapping turtle on a road. (photo © Harlee Strauss)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist John Benjamin for a three-week investigation into the fascinating world of snakes and turtles.

Learn more »

“Ask a Naturalist” Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, June 11,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
Nature on Tap logo, featuring a leaf in a mug of beer

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 springtime observations.

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Online Book Group: “A Swampwalker’s Journal”

Friday, June 12,
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, June 19, 2020

Zoom

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for a discussion of  "Swampwalker's Journal: A Wetland Year" by New Hampshire author, artist, and naturalist David Carroll.

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eBird for Beginners

Tuesday, June 16,
4:00 pm
to 6:00 pm
Zoom
A group searches for birds -- with binoculars raised -- during a spring birding outing with the Harris Center. (photo © Ben Conant)

Join local bird expert Steven Lamonde of Antioch University New England for this hands-on introduction to eBird, where we’ll learn how to record and share our bird sightings, and to explore sightings shared by others.

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Nature Singalong with John: Mammal Songs

Wednesday, June 17,
12:00 pm
to 12:30 pm
YouTube
Harris Center naturalist John Benjamin with his mandolin and canine companion Griffin.

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist John Benjamin for a good old-fashioned singalong, with a focus on mammals! John will perform some of his original songs about these furry animals, and share the lyrics so you can sing along at home too.

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“Good Bug or Bad Bug?” for Gardeners

Wednesday, June 17,
4:00 pm
to 5:00 pm
Zoom
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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Fairy House & Gnome Home Solstice Festival

Thursday, June 18
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until Monday, June 22, 2020

Hancock Town Library
A kid making a fairy house out of clay and flowers. (photo © Howard County Library System via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Help Hancock welcome in the summer solstice by making fairy and gnome homes to display on the library lawn and grounds!

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Harris Center Big Year of Birding: Uncommon Breeders of the SuperSanctuary

Thursday, June 18,
7:00 am
to 12:00 pm

Join Eric Masterson for this next installment in our “Big Year” series of birding outings to Harris Center protected lands – a search for the SuperSanctuary's less common breeding birds.

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Environmental Studies Institute: Reptiles of New Hampshire

Thursday, June 18,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, June 18, 2020

Zoom
A large snapping turtle on a road. (photo © Harlee Strauss)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist John Benjamin for a three-week investigation into the fascinating world of snakes and turtles.

Learn more »

Fairy House & Gnome Home Solstice Festival

Friday, June 19
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until Monday, June 22, 2020

Hancock Town Library
A kid making a fairy house out of clay and flowers. (photo © Howard County Library System via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Help Hancock welcome in the summer solstice by making fairy and gnome homes to display on the library lawn and grounds!

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Online Book Group: “A Swampwalker’s Journal”

Friday, June 19,
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, June 19, 2020

Zoom

Join naturalist Susie Spikol for a discussion of  "Swampwalker's Journal: A Wetland Year" by New Hampshire author, artist, and naturalist David Carroll.

Learn more »

Fairy House & Gnome Home Solstice Festival

Saturday, June 20
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until Monday, June 22, 2020

Hancock Town Library
A kid making a fairy house out of clay and flowers. (photo © Howard County Library System via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Help Hancock welcome in the summer solstice by making fairy and gnome homes to display on the library lawn and grounds!

Learn more »

Fairy House & Gnome Home Solstice Festival

Sunday, June 21
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until Monday, June 22, 2020

Hancock Town Library
A kid making a fairy house out of clay and flowers. (photo © Howard County Library System via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Help Hancock welcome in the summer solstice by making fairy and gnome homes to display on the library lawn and grounds!

Learn more »

Fairy House & Gnome Home Solstice Festival

Monday, June 22
|Recurring Events (See all)

An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until Monday, June 22, 2020

Hancock Town Library
A kid making a fairy house out of clay and flowers. (photo © Howard County Library System via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Help Hancock welcome in the summer solstice by making fairy and gnome homes to display on the library lawn and grounds!

Learn more »

Storytime with Jaime: Wonderful Worms

Tuesday, June 23,
10:00 am
to 10:15 am
YouTube

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalist Jaime Hutchinson as she reads as she reads "Wonderful Worms" by Linda Glaser. If you’ve ever wondered, “what’s so wonderful about worms?" this story is for you.

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Paddling for Eagles

Thursday, June 25,
11:00 am
to 12:30 pm
Hancock
Four people -- in two canoes -- paddle across Lake Nubanusit, on their way to Spoonwood Pond. (photo © Brett Amy Thelen)

Join Harris Center director Jeremy Wilson and ecologist Brett Amy Thelen for a paddle on Nubanusit Lake to look for loons and nesting Bald Eagles. Hear about the work the Harris Center has done to protect the shorelines of Nubanusit and nearby Spoonwood Pond, and learn about the history of nesting eagles on this lake.

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“Ask a Naturalist” Virtual Happy Hour

Thursday, June 25,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
Nature on Tap logo, featuring a leaf in a mug of beer

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.

Learn more »

Trains from Hancock and Harrisville to Beyond

Friday, June 26,
5:30 pm
to 6:30 pm
Zoom
A historic photo of the Elmwood Junction railroad depot. (photo courtesy of the Historical Society of Cheshire County)

Join Alan Rumrill, Director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County, for an enlightening talk on the train history of Hancock and Harrisville.

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Hiking Through the Decades: Willard Pond

Saturday, June 27,
8:00 am
to 12:00 pm

In celebration of our 50th Anniversary, we're offering Hiking Through the Decades, a four-hike series that traces the history of the Harris Center's land protection efforts. In this edition, Eric Masterson and Phil Brown will discuss some of the 1990s land conservation work that protected the shoreline of Willard Pond.

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Pond Exploration at Robin Hood Park

Sunday, June 28,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Keene
Kindergardeners ponding with Harris Center naturalist Jenna Spear. (photo © Ben Conant)

Have you ever wondered what insects, amphibians, and crustaceans might live in Robin Hood Pond? Join Harris Center teacher-naturalists Jenna Spear and Karen Rent for a fun exploration of the aquatic animals that call this pond home.

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A Chipmunk Morning

Tuesday, June 30,
10:00 am
to 11:00 am
Hancock
A chipmunk on the lookout. (photo © Denis Fournier via the Flickr Creative Commons)

Join Harris Center teacher-naturalists Jaime Hutchinson and Janet Altobello for a playful family program dedicated to the chipmunk.

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North of the Notches: The Great North Woods of New Hampshire

Tuesday, June 30,
7:00 pm
to 8:00 pm
Zoom
A Bay-breasted Warbler. (photo © Phil Brown)

Join birder, naturalist, and long-time Hawk Watch Coordinator Phil Brown for scenes and stories of the wildlife and wild places in the spectacular Great North Woods.

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