“Leave it to Beavers” Film Showing on July 9

Leave_it_to_BeaversFeaturing incredible underwater and in-lodge footage, this hour-long PBS Nature documentary tells the fascinating story of beavers in North America − their history, their near extinction, and their comeback as modern day “eco-heroes” with the power to transform and revive entire landscapes. Following the film, Matt Tarr, Wildlife Specialist with the UNH Cooperative Extension, will be on hand for questions. You can watch a preview of the film here.

Thursday, July 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lucy Hurlin Theatre at ConVal High School in Peterborough. Free and open to all. For more information, contact Brett Amy Thelen at thelen@harriscenter.org or (603) 358-2065.

Cosponsored by the Harris Center, the Monadnock Conservancy, and the UNH Cooperative Extension.

Harris Center Supports Full Protection for Bobcats in New Hampshire

Baby bobcat photo: Tianne Strombeck (www.tianimal.com)

In 1989, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department (NHFG) wisely ended bobcat hunting and trapping in New Hampshire due to the decline of the state’s bobcat population and a high demand for bobcat fur. Now, the NHFG Commission is considering a proposal to reinstitute a bobcat hunting and trapping season in the Granite State. The Harris Center does not believe that this proposal is ecologically or economically sound. Read our full, formal resolution opposing the proposal to open a bobcat hunting and trapping season in New Hampshire here.

We are particularly concerned about the bobcat population estimates upon which this proposal is based, which have high margins for error and which do not take into account the recent severe winter conditions (cold with deep snow) known to be detrimental to bobcat survival. In addition, the proposal has generated strong public opposition at a time when NHFG is seeking public support for a much-needed general fund allocation.

Therefore, for the well-being of the New Hampshire bobcat population and for the sake of the public’s support for NHFG, the Harris Center for Conservation Education opposes any effort to re-open a bobcat hunting or trapping season in New Hampshire. Our formal resolution in support of full protection for bobcats in New Hampshire is available for download here. Details of the NHFG bobcat proposal, along with contact information for current NHFG Commissioners, are available on the NHFG website.

Well School 5k to Benefit the Harris Center on May 31

The Well School is generously donating the net proceeds of their spring 5K to the Harris Center! The event will take place on Sunday, May 31, starting at 9 a.m. at the Well School in Peterborough. An awards ceremony and raffle drawing for a stand-up paddleboard package will follow the run.

Online registration closes May 27, but onsite registration is available on the day of the race, starting at 8 a.m. To register, or for more information about the run and raffle prizes, please contact Russ Freeman (603-924-6908 ext. 27 or athletics@wellschool.org) or visit thewellschool5k.org.