HCT News

Presentation & Resources: Learn About Lichens

January 17, 2022

On Saturday, January 15, 2022, naturalist and lichen expert Tom Walker presented a virtual slide show about lichens for more than 100 guests attending online. Initially, we had to work out some technical audio issues, so when you start the video with the link below, we recommend starting at about minute nine (9:00) because the…

Preschool Explorers Discover the Pleasant Bay Woodlands on the Winter Solstice

December 21, 2021

Reflections by Andrea Higgins, photos by Gerry Beetham We began the Winter Solstice in the Pleasant Bay Woodlands among the abundant and beautiful White Pines and the company of eight curious and delightful Preschool Explorers and their caregivers — a perfect way to celebrate this seasonal turning point. The shortest amount of sunlight occurs on this day when the…

Preschool Explorers Discover Sand Pond Woodlands

December 14, 2021

Reflections by Andrea Higgins, photos by Gerry Beetham A sunny breezy bright blue-sky morning greeted the Preschool Explorers and their caregivers at the Sand Pond Woodlands this morning. We started our morning exploration reading the delightful book WONDER WALKERS by Micha Archer.   We walked while chatting about and celebrating nature’s beauty as we headed to…

Preschool Explorers Discover Cornelius Pond Woodlands

December 1, 2021

Reflections by Andrea Higgins, photos by Gerry Beetham We were greeted with a beautiful, bright, cloudless, sunshine-filled blue sky morning and the radiant smiling faces of six curious, joyful, inquisitive explorers.  What a wonderful way to start the day! This outdoor adventure found us at HCT’s Cornelius Pond Woodlands, such an inviting place for us…

Preschool Explorers Discover Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands

November 23, 2021

Reflections by Andrea Higgins, photos by Gerry Beetham Silver skies and gusty winds greeted our Preschool Explorers this morning at the Herring Run in Harwich’s Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands.  We started our time together learning about the River Herring. We colored and designed our own paper fish and when we pinned our fish on to our jackets we…

New 3.3-acre Robbins Pond Project

November 18, 2021

Local ponds hold a special place in our hearts across the Cape. They dapple the landscape like a necklace of blue sapphires. However, due to over development of watershed lands, ponds are suffering. Let’s make a difference together by preserving a key pond front property that can protect forested upland and significant shoreline habitat as…

Preschool Explorers in the Heart of Harwich Port

November 17, 2021

Reflections by Andrea Higgins A brilliant bright blue sky, abundant sunshine and chilly breezes greeted the Preschool Explorers in the heart of Harwich Port. A smiling group of 3-5 year olds explored the Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve and we all discovered so much!  We read a book about animals that might live right…

Hikin’ for Lichens in Hawksnest

November 16, 2021

Naturalist Tom Walker guided us on Nov. 13th in discovering the world of local lichens while hiking the scenic Olivers Pond trail in Hawksnest State Park. Lichens are symbiotic organisms formed from the union of a fungus and an alga. They stabilize and add nutrients to our soils, provide shelter for invertebrates, and promote soil…

Preschool Explorers Discover Muddy Creek Headwaters

November 2, 2021

Smiling in the morning sunshine and curious about the great outdoors, the Preschool Explorers as well as parents and grandparents/caregivers set out with naturalist Andrea Higgins to learn all about the woodlands, meadow, and other habitats of HCT’s Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve. They found mushrooms and mosses and searched for insects in the bark of…

HCT Annual Mtg. & CBS Correspondent Seth Doane

October 27, 2021

The nonprofit Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) invites all who are interested to attend its 33rd Annual Meeting virtually (via zoom) on Nov. 6th (1-2:30 p.m. EST) to hear featured speaker Seth Doane discuss his global environmental assignments, including his recent interview with Dr. Jane Goodall. HCT will also honor Hinckleys Pond Association as HCT’s 2021…

Photos: Bell’s Neck Birding Walk

October 21, 2021

On the sunny morning of Thursday, October 21st our enthusiastic group encountered a variety of birds while exploring the trails of the Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands. What a thrill to see a Virginia rail foraging along the marsh edge as well as a merlin and blue jay perched in the same tree. Enjoy the species…

Photos: Bell’s Neck Birding Walk

October 20, 2021

The breezy sunshine was abundant on the crisp autumn morning of October 19th to look for birds at the Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands. Enjoy the photos below courtesy of HCT volunteer photographer Gerry Beetham. Thank you to Peter Trull for sharing his birding insights and enthusiasm as well as providing the species list. Canada Goose…