HCT News

2.3-acre Herring River Marsh View Project

November 29, 2022

The Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) is looking to the community for help in raising $425,000 toward the purchase of approximately 2.3 acres comprised of two lots that have a combined 448 feet of salt marsh shoreline within the Herring River estuary. This land-saving project can protect both important wildlife habitat and a scenic view enjoyed…

Preschool Explorers: Nature’s Treasures

November 29, 2022

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Gerry Beetham HCT Preschool Explorers gathered on the last Tuesday of November at the Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve. This very special 17-acre landscape has a wildflower meadow, woodlands, and shoreline on Muddy Creek that flows into Pleasant Bay. Under beautiful blue…

November 29th Bell’s Neck Birding Walk

November 29, 2022

On this sunny, autumn morning, an excited group of passionate birders joined naturalist Peter Trull for a birding walk/field class at Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands. Folks spotted the first green-winged teal of the season, both male and female buffleheads, and six great blue herons. Check out photos of the adventure below, captured by HCT volunteer…

November 26th Barrier Beach Walk: Doane Rock

November 26, 2022

Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust and Eastham Conservation Foundation, naturalist Andrea Higgins led a wonderful walk on a blustery day at Doane Rock in the Cape Cod National Seashore. The barrier beach absorbed the wind and wave energy, creating a delightful experience on the marsh trail despite the turbulent air and sea. Wildlife sightings included…

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: From Acorn to Oak Tree

November 22, 2022

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Gerry Beetham On this beautiful blue-sky Tuesday, our Preschool Explorers gathered at the Lee Baldwin Memorial Woodlands. Lee was a well-known Cape Cod naturalist and HCT Trustee who inspired others with her walks, presentations, and writings. HCT published a book of…

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…