Encore Presentation of “Four Days of Fury” on May 31

After the Hurricane of 1938, local forests were littered with dense tangles of storm-toppled trees. Everywhere, people were setting up saw mills to salvage the downed wood. On an unusually hot afternoon in April 1941, one of those mills sparked, igniting a great conflagration. Over the next three days, flames roared across 24,000 acres in four towns − burning 48% of Marlow and 42% of Stoddard in what would become the largest forest fire in New Hampshire’s history. Join us as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Great Marlow-Stoddard Forest Fire with a showing of Four Days of Fury, a documentary about the legendary blaze, told through the stories of people who experienced it firsthand. Filmmaker and historian Tracy Messer will introduce the film, and be on hand for questions afterward, along with several special guests. This film is back by popular demand, as last month’s showing was standing-room only!

Tuesday, May 31, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Heberton Hall at the Keene Public Library. For more information, contact Brett Amy Thelen at thelen@harriscenter.org or (603) 358-2065. Cosponsored with the Monadnock Conservancy, the Historical Society of Cheshire County, and the Keene Public Library.

“Caterpillars of New Hampshire” Course Begins May 18

(photo: The Caterpillar Lab)

Cecropria photo: The Caterpillar Lab

Join naturalists from the Caterpillar Lab to explore the fascinating world of New England caterpillars. Through a combination of lecture, hands-on activity, and short field excursions, you’ll discover the tremendous diversity of caterpillars right in our own backyard, including predatory caterpillars, self-decorating caterpillars, and caterpillars with inflatable tassels and horns (!)

This three-week Environmental Studies Institute (ESI) course begins on Wednesday, May 18. For more information, including complete dates and cost, please visit the ESI webpage.

NHFG Withdraws Bobcat Season Proposal

Thank you to the NHFG Commission, NHFG staff, and all those who spoke up in support of New Hampshire’s bobcats! (photo: Matt Knoth)

In the wake of widespread public outcry, New Hampshire Fish and Game (NHFG) has withdrawn their controversial proposal to reinstitute a bobcat hunting and trapping season in the Granite State. The Harris Center applauds this decision, and thanks the NHFG Commissioners, NHFG staff, and all those who participated in the process by attending hearings and submitting comments in support of New Hampshire’s bobcats.

To thank NHFG for their wise decision to withdraw the bobcat season proposal, contact the NHFG Commission, care of Executive Director Glenn Normandeau, at director@wildlife.nh.gov.