HCT News

Winter Talks 2014

December 29, 2013

These talks & events take place in the Harwich Community Center (#100 Oak Street) except for the Jan. 5th talk. Saturday, January 4th, 2:00 pm Orchids of Cape Cod Rich Eldred, Botanist, Environmental Feature Reporter for The Cape Codder Newspaper (2010 HCT Conservationist of the Year) & HCT Walk Leader Join botanist Rich Eldred who will talk…

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Platinum Pebble Raises Funds for HCT

December 11, 2013

The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn held a fund-raiser run on Thanksgiving morning to support the Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT). Inn guests, friends and locals were invited to participate in the inaugural “Platinum Pebble Dash,” a 5m/5km run/walk in Harwich.  “The 15 participants donated an entry fee thereby enabling $250 to be raised for this worthy local non-profit…

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Wildlife Tracking Workshop

November 7, 2013

Sponsored by HCT, native Cape Codder Todd Kelley led a Wildlife Tracking Workshop in late October teaching 18 participants how to interpret animal movements through the tracks they left behind in the Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands. For those that have taken this course before, Todd also offered new intermediate level tracking techniques. The group searched for clues left by…

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CoastSweep Beach Clean-up

October 25, 2013

More than 25 citizen volunteers recently cleaned the Harwich harbor coastline and local beaches. The Coastsweep event was coordinated by the Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) with strong support from the Town of Harwich Natural Resources Department and Highway Department.  More than 200 pounds of trash were collected, including 601 cigarette butts, 225 food wrappers, 36…

The Ken Badger Trio credit Mike Lach

Wildlands Musical Stroll Recap

October 1, 2013

Music filled the air and art unfolded across the landscape during HCT’s Wildlands Musical Stroll on Saturday, September 14th as more than 250 visitors walked the trails at HCT’s 66-acre Bank St. Bogs Nature Preserve in Harwich Port. They enjoyed live acoustic folk, classical and jazz music played by musicians on piano, guitar, accordion, bass, ukulele, percussion, even a wearable washboard, and…

myrtle warbler by Gus Romano

Wildlands Musical Stroll: Sept. 14th

September 5, 2013

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT), HCT has planned a “Wildlands Musical Stroll” on Saturday, September 14th from 1-4pm. Inspired by the “Piano in the Woods,” the mysterious piano that was discovered on Harwich conservation land in 2009 which oddly led to worldwide news coverage, the Wildlands Musical Stroll…

Northern flicker: photo by David Constance

Harbor Watershed Lands (Forest & South Streets) Donated to HCT

August 16, 2013

To protect land, water and wildlife, two landowners (Sharon Eberhardt & anonymous) donated three forested properties along South Street and Forest Street to HCT.  Meanwhile, another donor (Pete Peterson) gifted a building lot to preserve wildlife habitat and roadside scenery in the neighborhood.  Depending on the land preserved, donors can benefit from federal income tax incentives and/or the state’s new…

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HCT’s 25th Anniversary Annual Meeting & Awards Event

August 10, 2013

HCT celebrated its 25th Anniversary & Annual Meeting on Monday, August 5th thanks to generous hosting by the Wequassett Resort overlooking Pleasant Bay.  HCT cohosted the evening with The Compact of Cape Cod Conservation Trusts.  HCT President & Founding Trustee Robert Smith was honored with the Ansel B. Chaplin Award for Excellence in Preserving Open Space. …

2012 Summer Interns

June 11, 2013

2012 HCT Summer Interns Four volunteer college interns joined Harwich Conservation Trust for the 2012 summer season. They helped HCT meet its land stewardship goals including trail monitoring, invasive plant control, and wildlife habitat enhancement as well as helped streamline HCT’s computer network and website files, led walks and managed special events like HCT’s Live…


Vandalism Ends Herring Count for Season

June 7, 2013

For the past five years, a dedicated group of volunteers coordinated by the Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) has been watching for, and counting, the herring that journey from Nantucket Sound up the Herring River and into Hinckley’s Pond. More than 60 HCT volunteers spent this spring carefully cataloguing the number of herring they observed passing…

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Thanks Sea Grille!

May 14, 2013

Nonprofits survive and thrive on the Cape thanks to strong support from members, businesses, and foundations. It’s important to recognize longstanding business support for local causes. For example, The Cape Sea Grille in Harwich Port recently hosted the 11th Annual Spring Winetasting Dinner to benefit the land-saving work of the Harwich Conservation Trust. Not only…

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Land Donated in Saquatucket Harbor Watershed

April 5, 2013

By William F. Galvin, CAPE COD CHRONICLE: HARWICH — The Harwich Conservation Trust has received two land donations in the Grassy Pond/Saquatucket Harbor Watershed. The land donations help to protect the water quality of Grassy Pond and a potential vernal pool. Harwich Conservation Trust Executive Director Michael Lach cited the importance of the land donations…