HCT News


Century Old Journals Offer Window into Cape’s Past

April 17, 2021

This story first appeared in HCT’s Spring 2021 Newsletter.  To explore the full summary of the century old Kendrick Farm journals researched by Professor Tim Earle, please click here. Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) has discovered some intriguing surprises by linking land conservation with local history. What was known as Kendrick Farm in East Harwich (now…

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NEW Land Project: Hinckleys Pond/Herring River Headwaters

April 17, 2021

If you’re inspired by the evolving Town/HCT Hinckleys Pond/Herring River Headwaters Preservation Project described below, please Donate here. Harwich voters, please click here to see the text of Town Meeting Article #33 that will support this project. We invite your “YES” vote on Article #33 at the May 8th (10 a.m.) Town Meeting to be…

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Article 33: Harwich Town Meeting-May 8, 2021

April 16, 2021

To learn about the variety of community benefits that can result from passage of Article 33, please click here. Below is the actual Article 33 text that appears on the May 8, 2021 Harwich Annual Town Meeting Warrant: Article 33:       To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from Community Preservation Act Funds –…

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Harwich Natural Heritage Trail, Article 34: Town Meeting-May 8, 2021

April 16, 2021

Harwich Natural Heritage Trail Project Wheelchair Accessible Loop Article 34 text from May 8, 2021 Harwich Annual Town Meeting Warrant: Article 34:       To see if the Town will vote to appropriate from Community Preservation Act Funds – $150,000 from estimated annual revenue for Fiscal Year 2022 to fund the Natural Heritage Trail Project, including the…

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Tour de Trash: April 24, 2021

March 30, 2021

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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Benefits of Ecological Restoration

March 15, 2021

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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31-acre Project Meets Conservation Planning Goals

March 15, 2021

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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Woodworker Lends a Hand to Wood Ducks

March 6, 2021

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…

Belted Kingfisher on Stump

March Birding Walks with Peter Trull

March 2, 2021

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

February 24, 2021

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…


Winter (Virtual) Talks 2021

January 11, 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…

Redtail Hawk on Cedar by Janet Dimattia

Walk Through History at Pleasant Bay Woodlands

December 22, 2020

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…