Bell’s Neck Land Management Plan Revision

The 259-acre Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands surrounding the West Reservoir (fresh water) and East Reservoir (brackish) offer trails with scenic views of wind-ruffled water and sweeping salt marsh. Each spring, river herring swim upstream through the reservoirs to the Herring River, and ospreys return, soaring overhead and fishing the plentiful waterways. This thriving ecosystem is…

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May 21st Foss Woods Birding Field Class

On this beautiful spring morning, birding enthusiasts joined naturalist Peter Trull at Provincetown Conservation Trust’s Foss Woods and saw 33 species while strolling through the forest. The highlight of this Birding Field Class was spotting two stunning blackburnian warblers and observing a ruby-throated hummingbird incubating eggs on a tiny lichen and spider silk nest.  Please…

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May 14th Foss Woods Birding Field Class

Provincetown Conservation Trust’s Foss Woods was buzzing with bird activity on Tuesday morning during Peter Trull’s Birding Field Class. Nine species of warblers, plus a variety of vireos and flycatchers, and a stunning scarlet tanager were all highlights of this adventure. A total of 33 species were spotted while strolling the beautiful woodland trails.  Please…

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April 16th Birding Adventure

Birders enjoyed clear, sunny skies and warm temperatures while touring Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands this morning with naturalist Peter Trull during a Birding Field Class. The highlights of the day included spotting a tiny blue-gray gnatcatcher, plus ospreys, egrets, and waterfowl.  Please enjoy the photos below of this morning’s adventure, captured by HCT volunteer photographer…

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Save the Date: May 6th Harwich Town Meeting

Save the date of Monday, May 6th for Harwich Town Meeting starting at 7 p.m. in the Community Center Gym (100 Oak Street). Please vote YES on Articles 23, 26, 31, 32, and 33 to preserve natural land, protect water quality, create affordable housing, and finish the Cold Brook trailhead, scenic overlook, and parking area…

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Osprey at the Overlook – Imaginations Soar in South Chatham

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of Halley Steinmetz What a spectacular morning at the Forest Beach Overlook in South Chatham for a Preschool Explorer adventure, sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust and Chatham Conservation Foundation. This 74-acre conservation area (formerly a field of transmission towers associated with WCC Chatham) has sweeping…

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Preschool Explorers Enjoy a Misty Morning Mole March

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of Halley Steinmetz Wednesday morning was the rain date for our HCT Preschool Explorer Adventure. Kiddos arrived ready for exploration, greeting each other with tokens of leaves and rocks, with sweet smiles stretching from cheek to cheek. We gathered at the trailhead of the 16-acre…

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Cold Brook Eco-Restoration Update

Ecological restoration is underway at HCT’s Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve. These photos by Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) volunteer photographer Gerry Beetham show how stream flow is naturalized after deteriorating culverts throughout the 66-acre Preserve are removed, which will improve Cold Brook health and fish passage. When the wetlands were converted into commercial cranberry…

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Preschool Explorers Celebrate Spring at the Lee Baldwin Memorial Woodlands

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Gerry Beetham Preschool Explorers and their caregivers gathered for the first day of Spring at the Lee Baldwin Memorial Woodlands under the bluest of skies. Bundled up in cozy gear we gathered at the start of the boardwalk leading towards the…

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Preschool Explorers sing out Konk-A-Ree at Muddy Creek Headwaters

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Gerry Beetham Abundant sunshine, bright blue skies, and temperatures in the 40s greeted Explorers and their families this morning as we gathered on the benches overlooking the wildflower field at Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve. While soaking up the sunshine, we admired…

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