Addition to the Fall Calendar: Track and Sign Workshop on October 25

Examining wildlife sign — in this case, claw marks left behind on a beech tree after a black bear fattened up on beech nuts.

Learn to follow wildlife using track and sign with renowned wildlife tracker George Leoniak! This workshop — offered by the Harris Center and Antioch University New England — is open to amateur trackers, students, and professionals seeking to improve their tracking skills. It is not necessary to know anything about wildlife tracking to participate, but participants who successfully complete the Level 1 Track & Sign certification evaluation process will receive a Level 1 certificate from CyberTracker Conservation, a globally recognized nonprofit organization which has established an international standard for wildlife tracking skills.

Saturday, October 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Harris Center. Cost: $130. This workshop will run rain or shine. Bring water and a bag lunch, and be prepared for a full day of walking outdoors in potentially rough terrain.

Space is limited, and registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Peg Smeltz at msmeltz@antioch.edu.

Help Conserve Camp Chenoa’s Wildlands!

Beaver Pond at Camp Chenoa (photo: Stephen Froling)When Camp Chenoa Girl Scout Camp on Gregg Lake in Antrim was put up for sale a year ago, the Harris Center offered to purchase the 184-acre undeveloped parcel if a potential buyer for the camp was interested only in the lakefront parcel with extensive camp facilities. In June, to our great pleasure, that scenario came to be, and the Harris Center contracted to buy the undeveloped forestland.

Direct neighbor to New Hampshire Audubon’s Willard Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, the property also contains 1,450 feet of frontage on Brimstone Corner Road. A 34-acre beaver pond and associated wetlands help protect the quality of water flowing into Gregg Lake. They also provide wildlife habitat ranked as Tier I (the highest) in New Hampshire’s Wildlife Action Plan. Existing trails to the pond and dramatic views of the Antrim Highlands will be open to the public.

Our challenge is to raise funds to meet the purchase price of $200,000 by the September 26 deadline. No small task! We are actively fundraising, but success will depend on the energy and assistance of many participants. To learn more, to join the effort, or to make a tax-deductible contribution, please contact Jeremy Wilson at wilson@harriscenter.org or (603) 525-3394.

“Watermark” Film Showing on September 11

Shot in stunning high-definition, this award-winning documentary film presents twenty stories from around the globe that explore the questions: how does water shape us, and how do we shape water? In Watermark, we are immersed in a magnificent force of nature.

Christine Destrempes – founding director of Art for Water, a nonprofit organization that draws attention to global water crises through participatory art – will introduce this must-see film. Thursday, September 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Putnam Theater at Keene State College. Free and open to all.

For more information, please contact Brett Amy Thelen at thelen@harriscenter.org. Cosponsored by the Harris Center, the Monadnock Conservancy, and the Keene State College Film Society.