In the Field with the KSC Conservation Interns

The 2014 KSC conservation intern team (left to right: Tara Pratt, Dan Broderick, Marisa Morrison, and Matt Cecchetelli) takes a break from hand-pulling hundreds of invasive plants.

We recently wrapped up our second year of the Keene State College-Harris Center conservation internship program, an innovative seven-week 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 professors, interns Dan Broderick, Matt Cecchetelli, Marisa Morrison, and Tara Pratt assisted with many facets of the Harris Center’s diverse conservation and education work. Together, the students documented 11 vernal pools, surveyed 20 forest community inventory plots, pulled hundreds of invasive plants, conducted weekly monitoring of the Harris Center’s campsites on Spoonwood Pond, assisted with educational events and easement monitoring, and collected a second year of data for a wildlife road mortality study of Route 123, which bisects Supersanctuary lands in Hancock, Antrim, Stoddard, and Nelson. Read more…

“Meet the Coywolf” Film Showing on July 10

View a trailer for Meet the Coywolf here.

The Coywolf, a mixture of Western Coyote and Eastern Wolf, is a remarkable new hybrid carnivore that is making its presence known throughout the Northeast, including the Monadnock Region. In this hour-long PBS NATURE documentary, tag along as scientists study this new top predator, tracking it from the wilderness of Ontario’s Algonquin Park all the way to the streets of New York City.  Thursday, July 10, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture (formerly the Peterborough Historical Society) in PeterboroughFree and open to all.

For more information, please contact Brett Amy Thelen at thelen@harriscenter.orgCosponsored by the Harris Center for Conservation Education, the Monadnock Conservancy, and the Monadnock Center for History and Culture.

109 Acres Conserved in Peterborough

We are thrilled to announce that the Harris Center has purchased 109 acres on Brush Brook Road (Route 137), much of which is ranked by the New Hampshire Wildlife Action Plan as “highest” value wildlife habitat. The mostly forested acreage includes modest slopes from Brush Brook Road down to Nubanusit Brook, as well as 9 acres of open wetland and 2/3 mile along the brook.  Additionally, the property is contiguous with 1,384 acres of conserved land in Peterborough and with a 7,142-acre conservation corridor between Nubanusit Lake and MacDowell Reservoir. The property was formerly owned by Hiroshi Hayashi, the well-known chef and restaurateur, who long sought to conserve the land.  The land purchase was made possible by tremendous donations from friends of the Supersanctuary and the Town of Peterborough, through its land conservation capital reserve fund. We hope to open a walking trail to the brook this fall. Stay tuned!