New Trail Open at Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve

The walking trail is now open at HCT’s 17-acre Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve! The new conservation destination on Church Street in East Harwich offers scenic vistas of a wildflower meadow in full bloom nestled within a forested valley that borders 1,400 feet of shoreline along Muddy Creek flowing into Pleasant Bay.  The trail length is […] Read more »

Sandhill Crane Visits Harwich Port

One morning last week, Nan Poor (a Trustee of the Harwich Conservation Trust) looked out her window into her yard next to the HCT Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve’s wetlands and walking paths. She has several bird feeding stations at her home. Among the visitors, there are often mourning doves eating seed on the […] Read more »

Piping Plover Conservation

“But if I were required to name a sound the remembrance of which most perfectly revives the impression which the beach has made, it would be the dreary peep of the piping plover which haunts there. Their voices, too, are heard as a fugacious part in the dirge which is ever played along the shore […] Read more »

Welcome to Your Cape Cod Open Space

It’s been waiting for you, just sitting there quietly minding its own business of filtering water, growing trees and plants and sheltering wildlife. Waiting for a time in your life when you needed it most.  When you could not visit friends and family at their homes.  When your only choices were to remain inside 24/7, […] Read more »

Tuttle Family Protects Local Land, Water & River Herring

To protect windswept wetland, tall oaks, and an active herring run, Doug and Carol Tuttle donated their 7-acre Oak Island Bog to HCT this May after their family stewarded the land for 132 years. The land is comprised of mostly salt marsh with some bordering upland in the Red River estuary. This particular salt marsh […] Read more »

HCT Welcomes Box Turtle Sightings

The nonprofit Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) is interested in receiving word about Harwich box turtle sightings. As the weather warms, you may see an Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina) on your local travels and walks. Learning about the locations of local sightings helps HCT understand box turtle presence relative to conservation lands and potential areas […] Read more »

Self-Guided Night Sky Tour: May 12, 2020

On behalf of Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) and HCT volunteer astronomer Michael Payne, welcome to your very own backyard self-guided Spring Night Sky Tour. We’ve been watching the daily forecast for clear skies and tonight’s night sky viewing looks promising with cloud cover diminishing after 8:00 p.m. Usually we offer this celestial experience in person, […] Read more »

Traveling Back in Time with Atlantic White Cedars

An Atlantic white cedar swamp is a mysterious place of mossy hummocks rambling around the roots of dignified spires stretching skyward. If you’re unfamiliar with these fascinating wetland communities, picture towering cedars casting deep shade on the boggy, tumbled terra firma below. In a typical year, standing water is present in hollows for more than […] Read more »

Songbirds Find Nesting Success Thanks to HCT Volunteers

“There is a sumptuous variety about the New England weather that compels the stranger’s admiration — and regret.” ~Mark Twain, during an 1876 speech to the New England Society. Story by Susanna Graham Pye As Cape Codders, we know the truth in Twain’s words and are experts at riding the meteorological roller coaster that is […] Read more »

Happy Earth Day 2020!

On this Earth Day April 22, 2020 (50th Anniversary!), the great outdoors has become ever more important for finding sanctuary, breathing deeply of the fresh air, and connecting with nature’s inspirations.     Last spring with membership renewal letters we asked for your reflections on how you appreciate the natural beauty rooted in the lands, […] Read more »