March Birding Walks with Peter Trull

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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February Night Sky Tour

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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Winter (Virtual) Talks 2021


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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Walk Through History at Pleasant Bay Woodlands

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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New Trail at Pleasant Bay Woodlands

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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Self-Guided Night Sky Tour: December 2020

Centuries old artistic impression of Auriga

Welcome to your December Night Sky Tour! You can download your December Night Sky map – here. There are four exciting events that occur in the evening sky this month. The bright constellations and stars of winter have returned. The red planet Mars shines brightly all night long, beginning high in the east and ending…

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Grandkids on the Go Exploring Local Trails

Rainbow sky by Gerry Beetham

The Nelson family including Anne-Sophie Laloe, Zoe Laloe, Max Nelson, and Lila Nelson (grandchildren to Beth and Ted Nelson of East Harwich) embarked on quite an adventure exploring local conservation lands and scenic trails through their “Winter Camp” experience.  Part of their odyssey even included a chilly plunge into Pleasant Bay! As Ted explained: We…

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Native Fruits and Nuts for Wildlife

Tupelo in autumn - Native Fruits and Nuts for Wildlife

Every year from late September into early October a diversity of plants, fungi, and animals find their unique expressions of autumn change.   After a rain shower, fall mushrooms like boletes and amanitas suddenly pop up under the trees in our yards as if they’ve waited for months for the weather to cool off. The…

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Self-Guided Night Sky Tour: Sept. 21, 2020

Milky Way

Important: The International Space Station is only visible from 7:32 to approximately 7:42 p.m. A clear view toward the north is critical. Welcome to your self-guided September Night Sky Tour courtesy of HCT volunteer astronomer Michael Payne. If you want to see the International Space Station make sure you have identified what direction north is…

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Self-Guided Night Sky Tour: August 26, 2020

Ursa Major and North Star

Steps for your Night Sky Tour First, to orient yourself, download the August Evening Sky Map by clicking here. You will want to have the direction that you are facing at the bottom of the map. Find a location away from streetlights and as open to the horizons as possible. To read the sky map,…

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