Our Harris Center Hawk Has Landed: Welcome Home, Eric!

a photo of Eric Masterson in San Cristobal, Mexico

Eric, partway through his bicycle trek along the migration route of the broad-winged hawk

Join us in welcoming home Eric Masterson from his 6,000-mile journey following the broad-winged hawk migration from New Hampshire to Panama City − on his bicycle. This informal celebration will be your first (but not only) opportunity to congratulate Eric on the completion of his epic pedaling peregrination.

Friday, April 21, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Harris Center.

For more information on the welcome-home party for Eric, please contact Diana at jacobs@harriscenter.org or (603) 525-3394. For more information on Eric’s journey, visit ericmasterson.com.

88 Acres Protected in Stoddard

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In the 1990s, an 82-lot housing development was planned for the banks of Robb Reservoir in Stoddard – an area filled with a tremendous variety of high-quality wildlife habitat. Thankfully, incredible community support and an extraordinary collaboration of conservation organizations and public agencies ensured that the development was never built. Instead, 1,670 acres surrounding Robb Reservoir and the North Branch of the Contoocook River were protected by the Harris Center and our partners in 2008.

Now, we’re delighted to announce that the Harris Center has protected an additional 88 acres at Robb Reservoir. This conservation project  − which was made possible with generous support from Friends of the SuperSanctuary − ensures the full protection of the Robb Reservoir shoreline and includes a half-mile of river frontage along the North Branch of the Contoocook. Read more…

Coming Soon: Salamanders!

photo of a spotted salamander in someone's hand

A spotted salamander is carried to safety by a Salamander Crossing Brigade volunteer.
(photo: Laura Heady)

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. These heroic volunteers count migrating amphibians and safely usher the animals across roads during one or more “Big Nights.”

To join the ranks − or simply to learn more about the remarkable spring amphibian migration − join us for a volunteer training on March 16, March 24, or April 2.

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