HCT News

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…

Walk Through History at Pleasant Bay Woodlands

October 18, 2021

A clear, bright, breezy October morning greeted the gathering of hikers joining the historical interpretive walk at HCT’s Pleasant Bay Woodlands led by 12th generation Cape Codder Todd Kelley. An archaeological/history team examining Pleasant Bay Woodlands has burrowed into hundreds of pages of historical documents. Among the documents are daily journals from the 1920’s kept…

Photos: Bell’s Neck Birding Walk

October 14, 2021

It’s been a sublime experience seeing the misty autumn mornings transform into sunlit days. Seeing this change unfold in the Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands is a real treat. Witnessing the variety of bird life that inhabits the popular conservation destination is also a gift. We thank Peter Trull for sharing his birding insights and natural…

Photos: Bell’s Neck Birding Walk

October 12, 2021

On a misty morning that unfolded into autumn sunshine, the Tuesday birding walk with Peter Trull at the Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands revealed 31 different species. Hearty thank you to Peter for sharing birding insights and to HCT volunteer Gerry Beetham for illuminating our avian neighbors with his engaging photography. Enjoy the species list and…

Bound Brook Island & Hatch House Hike

September 30, 2021

Harwich resident Mark McGrath led an adventure in the wilds of Wellfleet to explore the windswept bay beach and Bound Brook Island area of the National Seashore. The ramble along the shore, then over a dune path into the woods culminated with a visit to the unique Hatch House by special arrangement.  En route over…

Bell’s Neck Birding Walk

September 28, 2021

Joining a Bell’s Neck birding walk with Peter Trull is always an adventure. This time around 23 species were seen or heard amidst the diverse habitats of woodland, wetland and open water. Gerry Beetham shared his illuminating photographs of the experience. Enjoy the species list and gallery below.  6 Mute Swan 35 Greater Yellowlegs 8…

Walk Through History with Todd Kelley

September 20, 2021

On a sunny September morning, 12th generation Cape Codder led a fascinating ‘Walk Through History’ to officially open the new window into the past of Pleasant Bay Woodlands. Following old cartpaths and woodland trails, Todd took folks on a journey back in time detailing some of the Native American and early settler experiences in the…

Native & Invasive Plant Walk with Theresa Sprague

September 16, 2021

To explore the Pleasant Bay Woodlands, Theresa Sprague led a walk on Sept. 8th to share her expertise about native and invasive plants. Wandering along old cartpaths and woodland trails, she talked about how invasive plants disrupt our native plants and habitats, how to control specific invasive species, and how to enhance your own yard…

Discover Your Cape Cod Shore

September 15, 2021

On a clear, sunny September morning walk with author and science educator Gil Newton, we encountered all kinds of interesting marine and intertidal creatures as well as seaweeds (actually part of the Algae Kingdom we learned). We explored the shoreline and marsh ecology while pausing at the ocean’s edge with the Red River estuary/salt marsh…

Native & Invasive Plant Walk with Theresa Sprague

September 15, 2021

Exploring the Pleasant Bay Woodlands, Theresa Sprague led a walk on Sept. 10th to share her expertise about native and invasive plants. Wandering along old cartpaths and woodland trails, Theresa talked about how invasive plants cause problems for our native plants, how to control specific invasive species, and how to enhance habitats as well as…