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 »

Return of the Inspiring Osprey

“To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.” Quote by Terry Tempest Williams Story by Tyler Maikath, HCT Outreach & Stewardship Coordinator Photos below by Diane Lomba, inset photos by Janet DiMattia Every year, I await […] Read more »

Feisty Herring Return with Spring

While we all puzzle out the complexities of social distancing, natural phenomena that happen every spring are unfolding all around, including the migration of river herring. Since 2007, Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) volunteers have counted migratory river herring at the headwaters of the seven mile long Herring River in Harwich. Each spring, more than 60 […] Read more »

FULL–March 13, 2020: Vernal Pool Adventure

Sorry, this event is now full.  We’ll be hosting other adventures with Peter Trull so stay tuned to your HCT eNews. About the adventure: Immerse yourself in the wild by joining a vernal pool adventure to learn about the nocturnal natural history of these intriguing habitats and their curious creatures. Join Cape Cod’s expert field […] Read more »

March 7, 2020: Owls from Near & Far

Come on down to the Harwich Community Center (#100 Oak St.) to see several different kinds of live owls and learn about their life histories, behavior and fun facts. You can pay at the door (online reservations are closed) today Saturday, March 7th at 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. as Marcia and Mark Wilson return […] Read more »

CANCELLED: March 21st, Meet Your Local Farmers Event

CANCELLED Saturday, March 21, 2020 (noon – 3:00 p.m.) in the gym at the Harwich Community Center Out of an abundance of caution to protect public health, the 11th Annual “Meet Your Local Farmers” event has been cancelled. Each year, this event is free and open to the public allowing folks to kick-off the spring […] Read more »

March 30, 2020: Coonamessett Native History Walk

Please click here to reserve for the March 30th guided history walk: From Gosnold (1602) to Aptucxet Trading Post (1627) About your experience: Co-sponsored by The Falmouth 300 Committee Land Trust and Harwich Conservation Trust, join storytellers Todd Morgan Kelley and Wampanoag/Nipmuc Marcus Hendricks on a guided walk exploring the history of Native Americans and […] Read more »

Astronomy Stargazing Night: Jan. 22, 2020

Sorry, this event is now full.  Stay connected to HCT’s eNews for more outdoor experiences as 2020 unfolds. About this event: Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust, join amateur astronomer and Harwich resident, Michael Payne, for a free interpretive stargazing night from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Michael will share observation tips as well as point out planets and […] Read more »