Voters Approve Article 38
at May 2nd Town Meeting

At the May 2, 2016 Harwich Town Meeting, voters unanimously passed Article 38 authorizing $500,000 in Town Community Preservation Act funds toward the Muddy Creek Headwaters Land Preservation Project. The goal of the project is to preserve 17 acres (~14 acres in E. Harwich & ~3 acres in Chatham) with approx. 1,400 feet of shoreline on Muddy Creek that flows into Pleasant Bay at Jackknife Cove. Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) is very grateful for such strong voter support of the project and continues to work toward a purchase agreement with the Marini family that owns the land. After an agreement is reached, then HCT will endeavor to raise the balance between the Town contribution and the purchase price to:
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Successful 2nd Annual
Harwich Tour de Trash

On behalf of the staff and Trustees of the Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT), the Town Conservation Department, and the Tour de Trash Committee, thank you for volunteering your time to support Harwich’s 2nd annual ‘Tour de Trash’ town-wide spring clean-up!

75 Volunteers fanned out across town on Saturday, April 30th to remove 440 pounds of trash and about an equal volume of recycling from our roadsides!  The majority of trash items were cigarette butts and nips (especially Fireball).  There were also many returnable/ recyclable bottles.  Of the unfortunate things we found were 14 used hypodermic needles and 2 used smoke grenades.

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More Walk, Less Talk
Free, Guided Walk: May 28

Sponsored by HCT, join Pat Sarantis on a free, guided walk to explore the Bell’s Neck area of Harwich with views of the West and East Reservoirs, the scenic footbridge over the winding Herring River, cranberry bogs, and the herring run.

The walk is free, but please register via email to

From the center of Harwich travel west on Main Street approx. 2 miles.  Turn left onto Bell’s Neck Road (dirt road).  Park close to W. Reservoir on the road shoulder or small parking area to left by kiosk.  Walk is a moderate paced 1-1/2 hours and begins at 9:30 a.m.


Birding for Beginners
Workshop: May 29

With lots of bird song and activity in the air, spring is a great time to practice your birding skills. Sponsored by HCT, on Sunday, May 29th (8-10 a.m.) join Todd Kelley at HCT’s largest preserve (66-acre Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve, Harwich Port) in a “Birding for Beginners” workshop along HCT’s Bluebird Trail of nestboxes that host bluebirds, tree swallows, and other songbird species. Learn how to recognize and identify birds by sight and sound. Distinguish telltale field marks such as the size and shape of their bills, body size, wing shape, flight patterns, and general behavior as well as their plumage. Also learn to decipher the habitats that particular birds prefer as Todd teaches how to interpret bird tracks and sign.
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The Wilsons bring owls that are found locally including great-horned owl with golden irises, red morph screech owl and the soda can-sized saw-whet owl. They also showcase owls from around the globe, including the Eurasian eagle owl (largest owl species in the world) and the South American spectacled owl. The barred owl with its dark charcoal-colored eyes and the striking snowy owl will also make an appearance. – See more at: