HCT News

Ecosystem Explorers Discover Dragonflies at Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve

July 10, 2023

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Gerry Beetham What a wonderful morning to kick off the first Ecosystem Explorer Adventure of 2023 at the 17-acre Muddy Creek Headwaters Preserve. We timed our outing perfectly on this silver Cape Cod day with temperatures in the high 60’s, dodging…

July 10th Red River Beach Birding Adventure

July 10, 2023

Naturalist Peter Trull led the first Red River Beach Shorebird Field Class of the season on Monday and was joined by a great group of birding enthusiasts. They saw 22 species and enjoyed up-close observations while learning about bird identification and behavior. Please enjoy the photos of their adventure below, courtesy of HCT volunteer photographer…

Cape Cod Shipwrecks and Storms Photos

July 8, 2023

On Saturday, July 8th, historian Don Wilding taught an enthusiastic group about the rich history of the Outer Cape shoreline including harrowing shipwrecks and the major storms that have shaped and shifted the beaches over the centuries.  Please enjoy the photos of the adventure below, courtesy of HCT volunteer photographer Gerry Beetham. 

Hikin’ for Lichens in Hawksnest

July 7, 2023

While hiking the scenic Olivers Pond trail in Hawksnest State Park, naturalist Tom Walker taught participants all about lichens, including how to identify different species and the biology of these fascinating symbiotic organisms.  Please enjoy the photos of the adventure below, courtesy of HCT volunteer photographer Gerry Beetham. 

Protecting A Hidden Gem: Six Ponds Resource Management Initiative

July 6, 2023

Harwich holds many beautiful and well-known spots, and also what has long been a hidden gem. The Six Ponds Special District is the largest and most ecologically significant assemblage of undeveloped land and pond shore remaining on Cape Cod. To protect this area, Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) is launching a community-based planning effort to deepen…

June 30th Horseshoe Crab Walk

June 30, 2023

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Gerry Beetham Participants gathered at 5pm on the last day of June at Jackknife Cove under the bluest skies with abundant sunshine and toasty temperatures. Our stunning backdrop featured Muddy Creek, the glistening bay, ospreys soaring high above the beach, and…

Swing into Summer at the Red River Valley Preserve

June 24, 2023

On the sunny evening of Saturday, June 24th, HCT members gathered in support of the exciting new Red River Valley Preserve Project to learn about the possibilities of this property through tours and inspiring remarks, while enjoying a delightful sampling of hors d’oeuvres provided by Cape Roots. Please enjoy the photos of the event below,…

June 22nd Horseshoe Crab Walk

June 22, 2023

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Andrea Petitto Today’s walk participants gathered under beautiful blue skies with temperatures in the high 60s at Jackknife Cove. We were treated to incredible sweeping views of both Pleasant Bay and Muddy Creek while gathered at the information station set up…

Preschool Explorers Celebrate International Horseshoe Crab Day

June 20, 2023

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Gerry Beetham Preschool Explorers and their caregivers gathered at Jackknife Cove for our special International Horseshoe Crab Day adventure! Families gathered around a large blanket covered with a variety of children’s books about horseshoe crabs, exploring the beach, tides, and marshes.…

Preschool Explorers: Tree Swallows, Butterflies, and Lily Pads at Cornelius Pond Woodlands

June 6, 2023

Reflections by Naturalist & Walk Leader Andrea Higgins Photos courtesy of HCT Volunteer Photographer Gerry Beetham We enjoyed another beautiful Cape Cod spring morning during our Preschool Explorer Adventure at the lovely 15-acre Cornelius Pond Woodlands. The group huddled around Mass Audubon’s colorful Paddlers Guide to New England Ponds and Rivers to discuss the birds,…

June 1st Horseshoe Crab Walk

June 1, 2023

The first Guided Horseshoe Crab Walk of 2023 featured temperatures in the high 70s, abundant sunshine, and brilliant blue skies at Jackknife Cove, a beautiful setting for learning and exploration. The group gathered at an information station set up by guide and Naturalist Andrea Higgins with props and fact sheets to teach about this prehistoric…

Help Create the Red River Valley Preserve

June 1, 2023

With about 14% of unprotected natural areas left on the Cape that either could be developed or preserved, the race is on to save priority lands before they’re lost forever. You make land preservation possible In 2022, thanks to your generous support, together we completed three high priority watershed land-saving campaigns, one of which was…