In the Field with the 2017 KSC Conservation Interns

a picture of four interns in the woods, collecting data on a culvert

The 2017 KSC conservation interns survey a road-stream crossing adjacent to Harris Center-protected land. For more pictures of this year’s conservation interns in action, visit us on Flickr. (photo: Brett Amy Thelen)

Last week, we wrapped up our fifth year of the Harris Center-Keene State College conservation internship program, a two-month summer internship experience for undergraduate students in the Environmental Studies Department at Keene State College (KSC).

Under the guidance of Harris Center staff and KSC professor Karen Seaver, four outstanding undergraduate interns − Courtney Dillon, Mickayla Johnston, Mark Landolina, and Anthony Oatley − assisted with many facets of the Harris Center’s diverse conservation work. Read more…

Solar-Powered Fun at the 9th Annual Solar Sprint

First Place for Speed was awarded to Henry and Tom of South Meadow School, pictured here with their car, “Cat-a-Lac.”

In June, 120 students from six area schools gathered at Adams Park in Peterborough for the 9th Annual Monadnock Region Solar Sprint, a solar-powered model car competition coordinated by the Harris Center. Students spent weeks designing and constructing their cars in preparation for the race…and a few extra minutes at the starting line, waiting for the sun to come out from behind the clouds to power their vehicles.

Ribbons were awarded for Best Craftsmanship (to the car with the most careful construction); Most Innovative (to the car with the most creative design); Best Use of Technology (to the car with the most effective transmission and use of the solar panel); People’s Choice (to the car with the most student votes); Junkyard Derby Winner (to the winner of a race between cars constructed from spare parts on the day of the race); and Speed. Read more…

Field Report from the Spring Amphibian Migration

a photo of a spotted salamander in a person's hand

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.