HCT News

Please Vote Yes on May 2nd Town Meeting Article 37

April 7, 2022

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION ACT – PURCHASE CONSERVATION RESTRICTION at the SPRUCE WOODS PROJECT also known as the SIX PONDS GREAT WOODS PROJECT ARTICLE 37: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Conservation Commission, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to acquire by gift or purchase for water quality protection, conservation and…

Preschool Explorers Discover a Vernal Pool

April 5, 2022

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos by Gerry Beetham Weather forecasters were calling for Tuesday to be the pick of the week and wow what a spectacular morning! Preschool Explorers and their caregivers were greeted at the Coy’s Brook Woodlands with the most incredible blue skies, beautiful sunshine and temperatures in the…

Preschool Explorers Discover Forest Beach Conservation Area

March 30, 2022

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos by Gerry Beetham Walk sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust and Chatham Conservation Foundation Today’s temperatures dipped low, but the curiosity, enthusiasm, and love of the outdoors remained high from HCT’s Preschool Explorers! I had such great fun discovering the Forest Beach Conservation Area: a new location…

March 26th Otter Sign Walk

March 28, 2022

On Saturday, March 26th, a wonderful group of nature enthusiasts joined Naturalist and Guide, Andrea Higgins, on our Otter Sign Walk. They had a great experience exploring the West Reservoir of Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands. In addition to finding otter haul outs, otter rolling and scenting areas, otter trails and an abundance of otter scat,…

Protecting Piping Plovers

March 24, 2022

On Tuesday, March 22nd, Harwich Conservation Trust and the Harwich Conservation Department teamed up to install shorebird nesting fences at Forest Beach and Bank Street Beach in Harwich, with the help of three Americorps members and volunteers. These fences help protect piping plovers, which are endangered, migratory shorebirds. Some plovers travel to Cape Cod for…

Chronicle Editorial Supports Six Ponds Great Woods Project

March 24, 2022

Editorial by The Cape Cod Chronicle Another Opportunity Courtesy of HCT Feb. 10, 2022 The tension between keeping land open and natural and using what little remains available to help ameliorate the regional housing crisis played out – and is still playing out – last year when Chatham officials tried to designate a portion of…

Preschool Explorers Discover Forest Beach

March 23, 2022

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos by Gerry Beetham Walk sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust and Chatham Conservation Foundation Spectacular and abundant signs of Spring were a wonderful way to start our morning at Forest Beach in South Chatham. Salty breezes, glorious sunshine, and brilliant blue skies invited Preschool Explorers and caregivers…

Volunteer Herring Run Clearing Project

March 22, 2022

Within the next month or so, river herring will begin their 7-mile migration from Nantucket Sound through local streams to the ponds of Harwich to spawn. On March 15th, Connor O’Brian (HCT Director of Land Stewardship) and Heinz Proft (Town of Harwich Natural Resources Director) led volunteers and Americorps member, Stori Peterson, on a herring…

March 17th Bell’s Neck Birding Gallery

March 18, 2022

On March 17th, birders of all experience levels joined naturalist Peter Trull at Bell’s Neck and spotted 29 species, including 25 green-winged teal, offering a very festive sight for St. Patrick’s Day! Birders listened as they chirped and fed in the East Reservoir — a sound few people will ever hear! Other highlights were seeing…

Americorps Invasive Privet Clearing Project

March 15, 2022

An energetic and committed Americorps crew was dedicated to clearing invasive privet (pictured right) at one of HCT’s conservation properties. The group teamed up to tackle the project using clippers, weed wrenches, a brush cutter, and more. Chinese Privet was introduced to the U.S. as an ornamental plant in the 1700s. It grows as dense…

March 8th Preschool Explorers Walk

March 9, 2022

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos by Halley Steinmetz Abundant sunshine and breezy blue skies greeted our Preschool Explorers at the Coy’s Brook Woodlands this morning. I stood in the parking lot waiting excitedly, dressed in waders for today’s vernal pool adventure as smiling faces pulled into the parking lot.  Curious and enthusiastic…

March 5th Otter Sign Walk

March 8, 2022

HCT’s first ever Otter Sign Walk took place on Saturday, March 5th at Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands. Our enthusiastic group had a wonderful time hiking around the entire West Reservoir and admiring the beautiful views. They found many river otter haul out areas with loads of scat, and even spotted signs of otter slides! Walk…