HCT News

HCT Welcomes AmeriCorps Member Caroline Lawrence

November 23, 2022

Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) welcomes AmeriCorps Cape Cod Member Caroline Lawrence.  Caroline and 10 other AmeriCorps Cape Cod (ACC)  members are living on Cape for a year of service focusing on enhancing conservation lands, environmental education, and disaster preparedness efforts across Barnstable County.  ACC members serve 2-3 days per week on group service projects that…

Preschool Explorers: Marshes, Muskrats, and Crabs

November 15, 2022

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Gerry Beetham Harwich Conservation Trust’s Preschool Explorers met by the footbridge at Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands on Tuesday, November 15th, 2022 under the bluest of skies. Nature gifted us with abundant sunshine and barely a puff of wind for our gathering.…

Cold Brook Birding Walk Photos

November 10, 2022

On a beautiful morning walk at the Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve, Peter Trull and a wonderful group of birders spotted 19 species and enjoyed exciting bird interactions. Crows were spotted mobbing a Cooper’s hawk, there was an abundance of yellow-rumped warblers, and the highlight was a black-crowned night heron perched in a tree. …

Preschool Explorers Discover the A. Janet DeFulvio Wildlife Sanctuary Boardwalk

November 8, 2022

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Gerry Beetham Harwich Conservation Trust’s A. Janet DeFulvio Wildlife Sanctuary Boardwalk was a beautiful site to share a November morning with our Preschool Explorers. We met under bright blue skies with temperatures in the low 50s and winds blowing from the…

Mushroom Walk with Mycologist Wesley Price

November 6, 2022

On Sunday, November 6th, an enthusiastic group of fungi friends learned all about mushrooms while exploring Coy’s Brook Woodlands with mycologist Wesley Price. After an educational introduction to the world of mushrooms, the group took to the trails where they rummaged through leaf litter to collect a wide variety of species. Returning to the starting…

Hikin’ for Lichens in Hawksnest State Park

November 4, 2022

Lichen enthusiasts enjoyed beautiful weather while wandering the trails of Hawksnest State Park in search of lichens with naturalist Tom Walker. Folks learned all about these symbiotic organisms and the unique features that differentiate species.  Please enjoy photos of their adventure below, courtesy of HCT volunteer photographer Gerry Beetham. 

Preschool Explorers Admire Autumn in the D. Isabel Smith Monomoy River Conservation Lands

November 1, 2022

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Gerry Beetham If you were looking for the sunshine on Tuesday morning, you would have discovered radiant rays of light in the form of our curious and inquisitive Preschool Explorers at the D. Isabel Smith Monomoy River Conservation Lands. Cheerful smiles…

Preschool Explorers Enjoy Fall Colors at Coy’s Brook Woodlands

October 25, 2022

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Gerry Beetham What a gift to be in the presence of childhood curiosity and surrounded by the autumnal beauty of the Coy’s Brook Woodlands on Tuesday morning. We were enveloped in dense fog, high humidity, and temperatures reaching 70 degrees. HCT Preschool…

Mayo Beach Hike

October 22, 2022

What a beautiful day it was for the Mayo Beach Hike led by Mark McGrath and sponsored by Wellfleet Conservation Trust and HCT. Bright blue skies and sunshine greeted eager walk participants as they embarked on a trek from the Great Island parking area to Wellfleet Harbor. Along the way, they learned about local history…

Preschool Explorers Enjoy a Wonder Wander at Sand Pond Woodlands

October 11, 2022

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Gerry Beetham October 11, 2022 Brilliant blue skies and temperatures in the mid-60s greeted the HCT Preschool Explorers and their caregivers this morning at the Sand Ponds Woodlands. This beautiful autumn day was made even sweeter by the bright, curious, and…

Pamet Dunes and Bearberry Hill Hike Photos

October 9, 2022

Ten enthusiastic participants enjoyed roaming the Pamet Dunes and Bearberry Hill with Naturalist Andrea Higgins on October 9th. Please enjoy the captivating photos below captured by HCT volunteer photographer Gerry Beetham.

October 7th Bell’s Neck Birding Adventure

October 7, 2022

On Friday, October 7th, participants of Peter Trull’s birding walk spotted 34 species at Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands, and they enjoyed clear observations of sharp-shinned hawks and a merlin falcon. Please enjoy the photos of the walk below, courtesy of HCT volunteer photographer Gerry Beetham.