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In the wake of widespread public outcry, New Hampshire Fish and Game (NHFG) has withdrawn their controversial proposal to reinstitute a bobcat hunting and trapping season in the Granite State.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.

“Four Days of Fury” Film Showing on April 28

Four_Days_of_Fury_flyerAfter the infamous Hurricane of 1938, local forests were littered with dense tangles of storm-toppled trees. Everywhere, people were setting up portable saw mills to salvage the downed and tinder-dry 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 on the 75th anniversary of the Great Marlow-Stoddard Fire for a preview of Four Days of Fury, a forthcoming documentary about the legendary blaze, told through the recollections of people who experienced it firsthand. Filmmaker and local historian Tracy Messer will introduce the film, and be on hand for questions afterward.

Thursday, April 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Putnam Theater at Keene State College. For more information, contact Brett Amy Thelen at thelen@harriscenter.org or (603) 358-2065Cosponsored with the Monadnock Conservancy, the Historical Society of Cheshire County, and the Keene State College Film Society.

Coming Soon: Salamanders!

Spotted salamanders will soon be waking from their winter slumbers, and they need your help.
(photo: Brett Amy Thelen)

As the earth thaws and spring rains drench New Hampshire, thousands of salamanders and frogs make their way to vernal pools to breed. Many are killed when their journeys take them across busy roads. To protect local migratory amphibians, the Harris Center trains volunteers to serve on Salamander Crossing Brigades, who safely usher amphibians across roads during one or more “Big Nights” each spring, keeping count as they go. Since 2007, our Crossing Brigades have moved nearly 25,000 amphibians out of harm’s way!

To join the ranks of the Salamander Brigadiers − or simply to learn more about the remarkable spring amphibian migration − join us for a volunteer training on Thursday, March 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Keene State College’s Putnam Science Center (Room 127); Saturday, March 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nelson Town Hall; or Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Harris Center. For more information, please contact Brett Amy Thelen at (603) 358-2065 or thelen@harriscenter.org. The Salamander Crossing Brigades are made possible through the generous support of the Davis Conservation Foundation and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.