“The Real Story of the Birds and the Bees” Begins October 22

From amphibian amour to reptile romance, come learn the real story about the birds and the bees! (photo: Danny Perez Photography)

Join local experts on five Thursday afternoons for the Real Story of the Birds and the Bees. From unique pre-courtship behaviors to the intriguing natural history of mating and reproduction, this series should be inspiring and eye-opening. From birds to bugs, mammals to amphibians, reptiles to fish, come hear about the real wild side of nature!

This Environmental Studies Institute (ESI) course begins on Thursday, October 22 at RiverMead in Peterborough.

For more information, including complete dates, times, cost, and how to register, please visit the ESI webpage.

Protecting Osgood and Hurd Hills

The soon-to-be-protected property includes 580 acres of prominent highlands in Nelson, including Hurd Hill (right) and much of Osgood Hill (left), the second highest peak in Cheshire County. (photo: Brett Amy Thelen)

Some things just take time. For 30 years, the Harris Center has been interested in protecting a 580-acre parcel in Nelson that includes much of Osgood Hill and all of its neighbor, Hurd Hill. We’ve been working with the Nelson Conservation Commission on this project, and are delighted to announce that we’ve recently signed an agreement to purchase the property. We ultimately hope to sell the parcel to the Town of Nelson, while retaining a conservation easement on the land.

The protection of this property, which shares much of its eastern border with existing Harris Center-conserved lands, will greatly enhance a connected, 1,700-acre corridor of conserved land extending north from Spoonwood Pond all the way to Route 9 in Stoddard.

To complete the purchase, the Harris Center seeks to raise an additional $100,000 by early November. For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution to support this important land protection project, please contact Jeremy Wilson at wilson@harriscenter.org or (603) 525-3394.

Hawkwatching with the Harris Center

No, those aren’t specks of pepper — they’re hawks! (photo: Eric Masterson)

In September, Broad-winged Hawks and other raptors begin their southbound migration, wheeling high along ridgelines in large groups known as “kettles.” When the timing and weather are just right, thousands of hawks may pass through the Monadnock Region in a single day. Learn more about this incredible natural phenomenon alongside skilled naturalists at any (or all) of the Harris Center’s fall hawk migration events:

Hawkwatching from Pack Monadnock on September 12
Mount Monadnock via the Monte Rosa Trail on September 13
Hawkwatching Workshop on September 14
Pack Monadnock Raptor Release on September 19
“Big Sit” Migration Watch on October 10

For more information on these and other upcoming Harris Center offerings, please visit our calendar of events.