Recap: Wildlands
Music & 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) last Saturday. 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. “We’re very grateful to the artists, musicians, business sponsors, town officials, and all of our volunteers who really made the Wildlands Music & Art Stroll possible as a way to enjoy art and music in the great outdoors. The original ‘piano in the woods’ even made an appearance courtesy of the Harwich Historical Society,” said HCT’s Executive Director Mike Lach.
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Reserve today
for Mission Wolf

Mission Wolf returns to the Cape on its “wolf bus” for live wolf programs on Saturday, Oct. 18th and Sunday, Oct. 19th.  The bus isn’t a greyhound, but instead is a burly US Marine Corps bus retrofitted to accommodate three wolves as well as Kent and his wife Tracy Weber, the presenters. For the past five years, the Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) has hosted the live wolf program that travels around the country to share the history, behavior, recovery and mystery of wild wolves.

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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!

Join us for a free, guided
walk this fall!

Join us for free, guided walks this fall! Learn about the natural history of the D. Isabel Smith Monomoy River Conservation Lands, the history of commercial cranberry farming tied to the old railroad (now the Cape Cod Rail Trail bike path), check out fall foliage in Bell’s Neck and enjoy the Turkey Talk near Thanksgiving.
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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: