HCT News

August 16th Red River Beach Birding Adventure

August 17, 2022

There were great observations of ruddy turnstones and sanderlings on the August 16th Red River Beach Birding Walk with Naturalist Peter Trull. Participants were able to appreciate the variety of bill lengths across sandpiper species, so that each species probes the sand at different depths while searching for prey. Three cooper’s hawks were also spotted,…

Ecosystem Explorers Wander the D. Isabel Smith Monomoy River Conservation Lands

August 17, 2022

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Outreach and Administrative Coordinator Halley Steinmetz August 15, 2022 Happiness and curiosity were abundant this Monday morning at the D. Isabel Smith Monomoy River Conservation Lands with the arrival of HCT Ecosystem Explorers and their caregivers. Temperatures were in the 70s with low…

Ecosystem Explorers Roam Cornelius Pond Woodlands

August 17, 2022

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of Andrea Higgins and Ecosystem Explorer caregivers Mary White and Maria Silverman August 8, 2022 Monday’s steamy hot temperatures and extreme humidity did not squelch the spirits of our adorable Ecosystem Explorers and their wonderful caregivers. Today’s adventure brought us to HCT’s beautiful Cornelius Pond…

August 11th Dragons and Damsels Adventure

August 12, 2022

On Thursday morning, August 11th, naturalist Peter Trull introduced an eager group of outdoor enthusiasts to the colorful world of odonates on a Dragons and Damsels safari at Sand Pond Woodlands. In addition to spotting late summer species, there was a recent emergence of ruby meadowhawk dragonflies, with at least 12 individuals spotted.  Please enjoy…

Summer Evening on Strong Island

August 11, 2022

The August 5th Summer Evening on Strong Island was a tremendous success thanks to the land-saving generosity expressed by all. With the warm bay breeze and the setting sun, it’s inspiring that everyone rallied to raise $500,000 toward the 85-acre Six Ponds Great Woods, which is the largest forested landscape left on the Lower Cape.…

85-acre Six Ponds Great Woods Project

August 10, 2022

Let’s make a land-saving difference together! To donate, please click here. Click here to read the editorial by The Cape Cod Chronicle and here to read a history of Hawksnest. 85-acre Six Ponds Great Woods Project is a Rare Opportunity Recognizing that the time to act is now before the last great natural places are…

Ecosystem Explorers Traverse HCT’s Cold Brook Preserve

August 9, 2022

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Outreach and Administrative Coordinator Halley Steinmetz August 1, 2022 The morning’s much needed drizzle of rain paused for our gathering of Ecosystem Explorers on the first day of August. Temperatures neared 80 degrees with an incredible blue sky, beautiful, abundant cloud formations, and…

August 2nd Red River Beach Birding

August 3, 2022

A cheerful group of nature enthusiasts joined Peter Trull at Red River Beach on the breezy morning of August 2nd for a shorebird walk. They enjoyed sightings of sanderlings, snowy egrets, willets, and more! They also observed a large group of about 70 least terns. Please enjoy photos of their adventure below, courtesy of HCT…

July 28th Red River Beach Birding Walk

July 28, 2022

Sunny skies and a light breeze welcomed birders of all experience levels to Red River Beach this morning for a shorebird walk with Peter Trull. They saw 24 species while exploring seaside and marsh habitats, including observations of the secretive saltmarsh sparrow. Also spotted was a large flock of semipalmated sandpipers, snowy egrets, and a…

Ecosystem Explorers Visit Sand Pond Woodlands

July 27, 2022

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Andrea Petitto July 25, 2022 Sand Pond Woodlands was our destination for this morning’s Ecosystem Exploration. As young adventurers and their moms, grandmothers, nanas, and cousins arrived, the temperatures were in the 80s with overcast skies, high humidity, and winds blowing from…

Ecosystem Explorers Visit Coy’s Brook Woodlands

July 20, 2022

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Andrea Petitto July 18, 2022 Thirty wonderful acres filled with beautiful beech trees, strong oaks and cedars, and twisting pines, plus sweet pepper bush, fragrant bayberry, and lovely woodland wildflowers were so inviting this steamy July morning. The sweeping and stunning…

HCT’s 34th Annual Meeting at Wequassett Resort

July 20, 2022

Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) invites all who are interested to attend its 34th Annual Meeting on Monday, August 22nd (4:30-6:30 p.m.) at the Wequassett Resort on Pleasant Bay. Featured speaker Rich Delaney will discuss the work of the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative and ways we can reduce our carbon footprint for a healthier planet.…