ducks taking flight

If you’re inspired by the evolving Town/HCT Hinckleys Pond/Herring River Headwaters Preservation Project described below, please Donate here. We invite you to join in supporting the Hinckleys Pond/Herring River Headwaters Preservation Project that will result in protecting scenic vistas from the bike trail, water quality, walking trails, and wildlife habitat. It’s rare to find a…

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Tour de Trash Group Photo

Tour de Trash is scheduled for Saturday, April 24th, and it begins at the Harwich Community Center at 10:00 a.m. Register and choose your litter clean-up route. Gather your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to register for Harwich’s annual ‘Tour de Trash’ event so that we can rid our roadsides of unsightly and unwanted litter.…

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Frog in water - close up

Why eco-restoration of the retired bog? As we explore an eco-restoration future for the 31-acre property at the corner of Headwaters Drive and Pleasant Lake Ave., let’s review why ecological restoration of retired bogs benefits the environment. A New Chapter of Ecological Restoration Looking statewide, Massachusetts has lost more than 28% of its wetlands between…

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Bike on Cape Cod Trail

How does the 31-acre Hinckleys Pond/Herring River Headwaters Preservation Project align with local and regional open space planning goals? Preservation of this property is consistent with the following town and regional open space planning goals and objectives: 1.     Town of Harwich 2017 Open Space and Recreation Plan Page 64, Goal VI: Preserve and Enhance the…

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wood duck

Harwich native Jeremy Wiley recently assisted local wood ducks and Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) by installing two waterfront nestboxes at Cornelius Pond Woodlands, a 15-acre HCT preserve and walking trail destination. His volunteer work to attract wood ducks helps support the ecological health and biodiversity of Cornelius Pond. Wood ducks are a colorful, uncommon, cavity-nesting…

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Belted Kingfisher on Stump

Reserve below for your Tuesday morning birding adventure with naturalist and author Peter Trull from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at HCT’s Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve. Birding enthusiasts from all experience levels are welcome. Peter will provide information about all birds seen and heard. He will help participants strive for good birding observations with…

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Canis Minor

Welcome to your self-guided February Night Sky Tour! You can download your February Night Sky map. Tips for Successful Stargazing from Night Sky Tour Guide Michael Payne Dress warmly. It’s no fun to look at the stars when you are shivering and shaking. February on Cape Cod can be cold. When you are standing still…

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Swallowtail

Please join us for a set of fascinating winter talks on Saturday mornings.  Usually, we host these presentations at the Harwich Community Center, but this time around you can enjoy learning from home. Explore a variety of topics from bobcats to box turtles to backyard pollinators as well as rescuing whales and eco-restoration.  This five-session…

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Redtail Hawk on Cedar by Janet Dimattia

In many ways Pleasant Bay Woodlands, preserved by Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT), embodies how life and our shared landscape have evolved on Cape Cod. The undulating terrain of this nearly 50-acre landscape is part of the Harwich Outwash Plain created by retreating glaciers 18,000 years ago. Looking to the north at that time, you would…

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Red Fox

Just in time for folks to enjoy a new outdoor experience, the nonprofit Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) recently opened the walking trails at the Pleasant Bay Woodlands, nearly 50 rolling acres in East Harwich. For many years, HCT had been watching this top priority property, which at the time in 2013 was the largest, undeveloped…

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