Looking for a Green Gift for the Holidays?

HC_Website_Bobcat_with_Ribbon_Dec1Share your love of nature and your support for the Harris Center with a holiday contribution, a donation in honor of someone special, or a gift membership. Your gift will help sustain our important work of land protection, environmental education, and conservation research − keeping the Monadnock Region vibrant for people and wildlife alike.

To learn more, visit our donation webpage or call us at (603) 525-3394.

Calling All Birders for the Christmas Bird Count!

photo: National Audubon Society

This is the 117th year of the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, which was originally conceived as a conservation-minded alternative to a 19th-century holiday tradition known as the Christmas “Side Hunt.” Now it’s the longest-running citizen science project in the world, with more than 50,000 observers in 17 different countries. This year, the Christmas Bird Count will be held in Hancock, Peterborough, and surrounding towns on Saturday, December 17 and in Keene and environs on Sunday, December 18. The Harriers Young Birder’s Club is also organizing a count circle for kids and families as part of the Hancock count on December 17.
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Conservation Research Poster Sessions on December 15

Learn about ongoing conservation research in the SuperSanctuary at a poster session on December 15. (photo: Brett Amy Thelen)

This year, seniors in the Environmental Studies Department at Keene State College focused their two-semester capstone research projects on Harris Center lands. The students assessed road-stream crossings for fish passage and flooding potential, investigated road salt impacts on aquatic communities, conducted bee surveys at our new pollinator garden, surveyed trail use and conditions on four popular Harris Center hiking trails, and studied the abundance and distribution of fisher (Martes pennanti) in the SuperSanctuary. They’ll present their findings in two poster sessions on Thursday, December 15 – one from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Keene State College Student Center, and a second from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Harris Center.

For more information, contact Brett Amy Thelen (thelen@harriscenter.org or 603-358-2065) or Renate Gebauer (rgebauer@keene.edu or 603-358-2577).