HCT News

Ocean Wanderers:

July 15, 2024

Childhood Memories of a Born Naturalist I was about 8 years old and sitting quietly in a small skiff, surrounded by a seemingly endless sea. My Dad would bring me out to catch cod and mackerel on summer days. Sometimes my big sister Madeleine would accompany us. We were carefree, never worried about fog setting…

HCT, Town and the State Partner to Save Land in the Herring River Watershed

July 10, 2024

As part of the Save Land-Save Water Initiative, Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) is focusing on preserving priority watershed properties that can help protect water resources like the Herring River, harbors, ponds, and drinking water supply. HCT in collaboration with the Town of Harwich and State’s Conservation Partnership Grant Program recently completed the preservation of five…

Harwich Conservation Trust Land Stewardship Volunteers Partner with Eversource to Reduce Herbicide Use

July 9, 2024

Each Tuesday morning, Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) volunteers work on land stewardship projects ranging from trail maintenance to habitat restoration. The past two Tuesdays, HCT Land Stewardship volunteers made great progress trimming vegetation in the electric utility line easements that cross the D. Isabel Smith Monomoy River Conservation Lands and Pleasant Bay Woodlands. In an…

Gathering in Support of the Cold Brook Public Access and Firehouse Restoration Projects

June 22, 2024

Members of the Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) and the Harwich Fire Association (HFA) gathered at 203 Bank Street on Saturday, June 22nd to support two exciting projects: the restoration of the Town’s First Firehouse and enhancing public access for HCT’s ecologically restored 66-acre Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve. Folks enjoyed touring the renovation progress…

Bell’s Neck Land Management Plan Revision

May 28, 2024

The 259-acre Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands surrounding the West Reservoir (fresh water) and East Reservoir (brackish) offer trails with scenic views of wind-ruffled water and sweeping salt marsh. Each spring, river herring swim upstream through the reservoirs to the Herring River, and ospreys return, soaring overhead and fishing the plentiful waterways. This thriving ecosystem is…

May 21st Foss Woods Birding Field Class

May 21, 2024

On this beautiful spring morning, birding enthusiasts joined naturalist Peter Trull at Provincetown Conservation Trust’s Foss Woods and saw 33 species while strolling through the forest. The highlight of this Birding Field Class was spotting two stunning blackburnian warblers and observing a ruby-throated hummingbird incubating eggs on a tiny lichen and spider silk nest.  Please…

May 14th Foss Woods Birding Field Class

May 14, 2024

Provincetown Conservation Trust’s Foss Woods was buzzing with bird activity on Tuesday morning during Peter Trull’s Birding Field Class. Nine species of warblers, plus a variety of vireos and flycatchers, and a stunning scarlet tanager were all highlights of this adventure. A total of 33 species were spotted while strolling the beautiful woodland trails.  Please…

Preschool Explorers Celebrate Spring & Sunshine at Sylvan Gardens

April 23, 2024

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT volunteer photographer Gerry Beetham On this gorgeous spring morning, we began our Preschool Explorer Adventure at Sylvan Gardens in Chatham with a stroll down a narrow, winding path. We soon found ourselves surrounded by dark green english ivy, trout lilies blanketing the forest…

April 16th Birding Adventure

April 16, 2024

Birders enjoyed clear, sunny skies and warm temperatures while touring Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands this morning with naturalist Peter Trull during a Birding Field Class. The highlights of the day included spotting a tiny blue-gray gnatcatcher, plus ospreys, egrets, and waterfowl.  Please enjoy the photos below of this morning’s adventure, captured by HCT volunteer photographer…

Preschool Explorers learn about Seals at Red River Beach

April 16, 2024

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of Halley Steinmetz What a spectacular, sunny day for a Preschool Explorer Adventure. Children and their caregivers joined me at Red River Beach for a morning of fun in the sun. Enchanted by the endless stretch of sand, Preschoolers began playing straightaway. Once the cuties…

Save the Date: May 6th Harwich Town Meeting

April 12, 2024

Save the date of Monday, May 6th for Harwich Town Meeting starting at 7 p.m. in the Community Center Gym (100 Oak Street). Please vote YES on Articles 23, 26, 31, 32, and 33 to preserve natural land, protect water quality, create affordable housing, and finish the Cold Brook trailhead, scenic overlook, and parking area…

Preschool Explorers Learn About the Water Cycle at Sylvan Gardens

April 9, 2024

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT volunteer photographer Gerry Beetham Preschool Explorers and their caregivers gathered at Sylvan Gardens in Chatham to enjoy the sunshine, bright blue skies, and warm temperatures this morning. Blooming flowers all around perfumed the gentle breezes and songbirds serenaded us with their delicate melodies.…