Walk Schedule

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HCT-Snowy_in_Grass-Janet-DiMattia_optTuesday, March 4th,
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Snowy Owl Search (SOS)

There has been a surge of snowy owls lately on local Cape beaches. Join Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) on a free, guided walk to try and catch a glimpse of these stunning owls before they head north. Bring binoculars if you have them. HCT walk leaders Gus Romano and AmeriCorps member Allyson Stein will also have a spotting scope on hand. Rain or snow cancels.

Registration: This walk is free, but please register in advance by emailing hctwalks@gmail.com or calling HCT at 508-432-3997 and pressing 4.
Directions:
Meet at the far western end of the West Dennis Beach parking lot. Click this link for a map.


3_HCT_wildlife_tracking_workshop_13Oct2012_photo_by_Vince_DeWitt_optSaturday, March 8th, 10:00 a.m.
Introductory Wildlife Tracking in the Island Pond Conservation Lands

Join naturalist Todd Kelley (www.kelleytrailblazer.com) for an introductory walk to learn the basics of how to recognize and interpret animal tracks and sign. This is a free, guided walk that serves as a prelude to the “Advanced Tracker” workshop on Saturday, March 29th where we will learn the “Science of the Track” and become a more “advanced tracker.”

Registration: This walk is free, but please register in advance by emailing hctwalks@gmail.com or calling HCT at 508-432-3997 and pressing 4.
Directions:  Park behind Harwich Town Hall, 732 Main St.


Tuesday, March 11th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Snowy Owl Search (SOS)

There has been a surge of snowy owls lately on local Cape beaches. Join Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) on a free, guided walk to try and catch a glimpse of these stunning owls before they head north. Bring binoculars if you have them. HCT walk leaders Gus Romano and AmeriCorps member Allyson Stein will also have a spotting scope on hand. Rain or snow cancels.

Registration: This walk is free, but please register in advance by emailing hctwalks@gmail.com or calling HCT at 508-432-3997 and pressing 4.
Directions: Meet at the far western end of the West Dennis Beach parking lot. Click this link for a map.

Saturday, April 12th, 10:00 a.m.
Waters
heds, water lenses & the meaning of sole source aquifer on Cape Cod
Sand Pond Woodlands:  NORTH of Great Western Road


Join naturalist Todd Kelley (www.kelleytrailblazer.com) to learn about how our natural water cycle functions and how vulnerable that water supply is to over development.

Registration: This walk is free, but please register in advance by emailing hctwalks@gmail.com or calling HCT at 508-432-3997 and pressing 4.
Directions
:
From Harwich Center at the intersection of Rt. 124 and Great Western Rd., go west on Great Western Rd. for approx. 2.4 miles. Turn RIGHT into a semi-circular parking area bordered by split rail fence.

 

Saturday, May 10th, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Birding for Beginners at HCT’s Bank Street Bogs Nature Preserve

Explore conserved land in Harwich and celebrate spring with a walk led by a naturalist from Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Do you enjoy wildlife and nature, but wouldn’t consider yourself a “birder”? We’ll introduce you to the basic skills and pleasures of birdwatching. You will learn how to adjust your binoculars, use your field guide, and identify common Cape Cod birds. We’ll also introduce some of the interesting findings of Mass Audubon’s landmark State of the Birds report, discuss connections between birds and other wildlife, talk about what global climate change means for Cape Cod birds, and answer your questions about all of the wildlife we see. All ages are welcome. Please bring binoculars and field guides if you have them; we will have some to share. Please meet at the Trailhead Parking at least five minutes before the program is scheduled to begin.

Registration: This walk is free, but please register in advance by emailing hctwalks@gmail.com or calling HCT at 508-432-3997 and pressing 4.
Directions: From Rt. 39, take Bank Street 0.5 mile south to the Harwich Harbormaster’s Workshop on the left at #203 Bank Street. From Rt. 28, take Bank Street 0.7 mile north to the Harwich Harbormaster’s Workshop on the right.

 

Saturday, May 31st, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
In Search of Eastern Box Turtles at the Monomoy River Conservation Lands

Join Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary Director Bob Prescott for a discovery walk on Harwich conservation land. We’ll watch for eastern box turtles that are coming out of hibernation to nest. Eastern box turtles are a state-listed species of special concern. Their unique ability to close their shell completely to protect themselves from predators make them an exciting animal to view in their native habitat. All ages are welcome. Please meet at the Trailhead Parking at least five minutes before the program is scheduled to begin. Driving directions: www.harwichconservationtrust.org/trails.

Registration: This walk is free, but please register in advance by emailing hctwalks@gmail.com or calling HCT at 508-432-3997 and pressing 4.
Directions: From Rt. 39, take Bay Road one mile east to parking area on the right, opposite Blue Heron Landing. From Rt. 28, take Bay Rd. 0.3 mile west to the parking area on left.


Saturday, June 7th, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Seashore Ramble at Red River Beach

Join a Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary naturalist for a discovery walk on the beach. This program is great for all ages! We will use dip nets and magnifiers to search for swimming, flying, and burrowing wildlife on the beach at low tide.We will also explore tidepools behind the barrier beach and talk about nesting Piping Plovers and Least Terns, both of which are listed as “rare” species in Massachusetts. Please wear closed-toed, closed heel shoes that you don’t mind getting sandy and wet, and bring gear that will help protect you from the sun. Please meet at the Red River Beach parking lot at least five minutes before the program is scheduled to begin.

Registration: This walk is free, but please register in advance by emailing hctwalks@gmail.com or calling HCT at 508-432-3997 and pressing 4.
Directions: From exit 11 on Route 6, turn left onto Rt. 137 and drive approx. 1.2 miles to the stoplight intersection of Rt. 137 & Rt. 39.  Turn right onto Rt. 39 and drive approx. 0.7 mile to a small rotary.  Take the second right off the rotary which is Rt. 39.  Drive approx. 0.1 mile and turn left onto Depot Rd.  Take Depot Rd. to its end at Rt. 28. Cross Rt. 28 to Uncle Venie’s Road and drive to its end at Red River Beach.