Field Report from the Spring Amphibian Migration

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A spotted salamander gets a helping hand across Summer Street in Peterborough. See more photos from this year’s amphibian migration on Flickr.
(photo: Tyler Hogan)

As the earth thaws and spring rains drench New Hampshire, thousands of amphibians make their way to vernal pools to breed. Many are killed when their journeys take them across busy roads. Each spring, we train volunteers to serve on Salamander Crossing Brigades at amphibian road crossings throughout the Monadnock Region.

This spring, more than 125 Crossing Brigade volunteers saved 3,675 salamanders, frogs, and toads from the crush of the tire at nearly 40 road crossing sites, bringing our project total to nearly 35,000 amphibians since 2007! For site-by-site details, view our online field report. To see our Salamander Crossing Brigadiers in action, check out this fun feature from New Hampshire Chronicle.

“Lab Girls” Brings STEM to Life

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The Great Brook School Lab Girls investigate circuits. (photo: Susie Spikol Faber)

Lab Girls, a new Harris Center afterschool club designed to help middle school girls stay in love with science, is officially underway.

This club brings women mentors with careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) into the classroom to share their stories and their science with Great Brook School girls. Each week, the Lab Girls meet a different role model and then have a chance to experiment with the tools of her trade. ConVal high school students with an interest in science help the middle school girls navigate the hands-on experiments.  To see more pictures of the Lab Girls in action, visit us on Flickr.

Thank you to 100+ Women who Care: Peterborough for providing founding support for this innovative afterschool program!

Our Harris Center Hawk Has Landed: Welcome Home, Eric!

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Eric, partway through his bicycle trek along the migration route of the broad-winged hawk

Join us in welcoming home Eric Masterson from his 6,000-mile journey following the broad-winged hawk migration from New Hampshire to Panama City − on his bicycle. This informal celebration will be your first (but not only) opportunity to congratulate Eric on the completion of his epic pedaling peregrination.

Friday, April 21, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Harris Center.

For more information on the welcome-home party for Eric, please contact Diana at jacobs@harriscenter.org or (603) 525-3394. For more information on Eric’s journey, visit ericmasterson.com.