Calling All Birders for the Christmas Bird Count!

A Vibrant red northern cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis, sits among the branches during a snow storm. (photo: Becky Gregory)The mercury is falling, the daylight fading—it must be time for the Christmas Bird Count! This is the 115th year of the Christmas Bird Count (CBC), run by Audubon and originally conceived as a conservation-minded alternative to a 19th-century holiday tradition known as the Christmas “Side Hunt.” Now it’s the longest-running citizen science project in the world, with more than 50,000 observers in 17 different countries! This year, the CBC will be held in Keene and environs on Sunday, December 14 and in Hancock, Peterborough, and surrounding towns on Saturday, December 20. Read more…

“My Life As a Turkey” Film Showing on November 20


You can watch a trailer here.

Based on a true story, My Life as a Turkey chronicles naturalist Joe Hutto’s remarkable experience of raising a group of sixteen Wild Turkey hatchlings to adulthood. This charming film – which won an Emmy for Outstanding Nature Programming – explores the unique connection between Hutto and his brood with humor and thoughtfulness, providing a rare glimpse into how these curious, intelligent birds see the world. Following the film, Eric Masterson – one of the Harris Center’s resident bird experts and author of Birdwatching in New Hampshire – will be on hand to “talk turkey” in an informal Q&A session.

Thursday, November 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Putnam Theater at Keene State College. Free and open to all.  For more information, please contact Brett Amy Thelen at Cosponsored by the Harris Center, the Monadnock Conservancy, and the Keene State College Film Society.

ConVal Educators Lauded at Annual Meeting

Jeannie Connolly (left) — Arts Integration Coordinator for the ConVal School District, and recipient of the 2014 Laurie Bryan Partnership Award — shows off her award with Harris Center Teacher/Naturalist Jenn Sutton.

The Harris Center recognized two extraordinary partners at our Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 19.

The 2014 Laurie Bryan Partnership Award — honoring former Harris Center Executive Director Laurie Bryan’s achievements in working with community partners — was awarded to Jeannie Connolly, the Arts Integration Coordinator for the ConVal School District. For years, Jeannie has worked with Harris Center naturalists to integrate arts into creative, kid-friendly natural science lessons for elementary school students. From worm boxes to paper mache animals, bird books to water cycle maps, field guides to murals, whatever the science topic, Jeannie can transform it into a work of art.

Carol Young, biology teacher and head of the science department at ConVal High School, was named as the Harris Center’s 2014 Educator of the Year. Carol has a long relationship with the Harris Center, and she most recently led the campaign to link every 9th and 10th grade ConVal science class to Harris Center-led studies of the local landscape. She is an insightful, strong teacher who creates lab and field experiences that encourage student curiosity, and we are proud to work with her as she skillfully guides students toward scientific literacy. Carol, we salute you!