Outdoor Workshops Teach
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This fall, naturalist and tracking instructor Todd Kelley led an Orienteering Workshop on how to navigate using a map and compass as well as a Wildlife Tracking Workshop on how to interpret the “science of the tracks” that animals leave behind. In the Orienteering Workshop, attendees learned how to find their way without a smartphone while the trackers learned to recognize and identify indicator clues left by wildlife such as otter, fox, coyote, deer, raccoon, muskrat, skunk, and others. Check back for more intriguing outdoor workshops.

Please consider a year-end
gift to help us save more land
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Just this year, thanks to your support HCT has saved: 49 acres to protect Pleasant Bay, habitat for wildlife (including box turtle [pictured]), and the drinking water supply; 11 acres on Sand Pond; 3/4-acre with a vernal pool; and there’s more we hope to save by Dec. 31st including land on a herring spawning pond. Please consider a year-end gift. Help us save more special places.
To donate, click here.

Congratulations one & all!
You saved 49 acres!
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Thanks to strong community support across Cape Cod and beyond from members, foundations and businesses, HCT successfully saved the 49-acre Pleasant Bay Woodlands in East Harwich just 1,000 feet back from Round Cove. HCT supporters helped to preserve the largest undeveloped, unprotected landscape in the Pleasant Bay watershed to protect woods, water and wildlife. Otherwise, a 40-lot subdivision could have occupied the site with groundwater flowing directly into Round Cove on Pleasant Bay.  We extend special thanks to the Pleasant Bay Challenge donors including the Wequassett Resort, The John T. Ryan, Jr. Memorial Foundation, The Friends of Pleasant Bay and three anonymous families who matched every donation dollar-for-dollar. Thank you to everyone who contributed any amount to this once-in-a-lifetime project!

2nd Annual Wildlands
Music and Art Stroll

Music filled the air while artists painted the landscape under sunny skies as more than 300 visitors enjoyed the 2nd Annual Wildlands Music & Art Stroll hosted by Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) in September. The Guild of Harwich Artists painted en plein air and local musicians played jazz, classical, and folk music on the original “piano in the woods” as well as guitar, mandolin, saxophone, accordion and other instruments sprinkled throughout HCT’s 66-acre Bank Street Bogs Nature Preserve in Harwich Port. The unique art and culture event was originally inspired by a mysterious piano that was discovered on Harwich conservation land back in 2009, which sparked worldwide news coverage.
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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: http://harwichconservationtrust.org/eyes-on-owls/#sthash.l69lwALO.dpuf