POP-UP PROGRAM: Snowy Owl Watching on January 19

a snowy owl perched on a lampost

“Our” Snowy Owl yawns atop a lamppost in Keene. (photo: Ken Bergman)

You may have heard that a breathtaking visitor from the North has been garnering a lot of attention in Keene. It’s been more than a decade since a Snowy Owl has taken up winter residence in the Monadnock Region, so this officially qualifies as a special occasion!

Join Eric Masterson to get what we hope will be a great view of the Snowy Owl – from a safe and respectful distance via spotting scope – this Friday, January 19 at 2 p.m. We’ll meet in the Home Depot parking lot off Route 9 in Keene, then carpool (or walk) to a good viewing area. RSVP to Eric at (603) 525-3394 or by email.

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Get Fit in the New Year with the Harris Center

A smiling hiker snowshoes on the Harris Center's Eastview Trail. (photo: Meade Cadot)

Snowshoeing is great for fitness, and great fun!
(photo: Meade Cadot)

Did you make a fitness-focused New Year’s resolution for 2018? The Harris Center can help! Spending time in nature reduces stress, boosts immune system function, lowers blood pressure, improves sleep, and carries many other health benefits. It’s also fun. See for yourself by joining us for an upcoming ski or snowshoe outing:

Dark Pond Ski on 1/14
Pitcher Mountain to Hubbard Hill Ski on 1/21
Howe Reservoir Snowshoe on 1/21
Skiing the Peterborough Rail Trail on 1/27
Cross-Country Ski at Mountain Brook on 1/28
Easygoing Sargent Center Snowshoe on 2/2
Get Fit Hike Up Bald Mountain on 2/3

For more information on these and other upcoming events, see our online calendar.

Scenic Gateway Protected in Hancock

aerial photo of a forested parcel in Hancock, NH

The northern end of the newly conserved property, which slopes down from Forest Road (on the right) towards Old Hancock Road. Hancock Village is visible in the distance. You can see more pictures here.
(photo: Jeff Brown)

We’re delighted to announce that the Harris Center has just protected a small, but significant parcel of land on Forest Road (Route 123) in Hancock. With 1,650 feet of road frontage, this 20-acre property serves as a scenic gateway to Hancock Village. It’s also a valuable wildlife corridor for critters moving between conserved lands on Norway Hill and along Ferguson Brook, including the Valley Farm meadowlands. Wildlife already observed using this corridor include White-tailed Deer, Black Bear, and Northern Goshawk.

The new conservation easement preserves the forested approach to town on Route 123, as well as the slope above — and views from — Old Hancock Road, which is a popular walking route. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Friends of the SuperSanctuary, old and new, whose generous and swift support made this project possible, just in the nick of time!