HCT News

Box-turtle - Photo by Sally Urbano

HCT Welcomes Box Turtle Sightings

May 15, 2020

The nonprofit Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) is interested in receiving word about Harwich box turtle sightings. As the weather warms, you may see an Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina) on your local travels and walks. Learning about the locations of local sightings helps HCT understand box turtle presence relative to conservation lands and potential areas…

night sky stars

Self-Guided Night Sky Tour: May 12, 2020

May 12, 2020

On behalf of Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) and HCT volunteer astronomer Michael Payne, welcome to your very own backyard self-guided Spring Night Sky Tour. We’ve been watching the daily forecast for clear skies and tonight’s night sky viewing looks promising with cloud cover diminishing after 8:00 p.m. Usually we offer this celestial experience in person,…

Atlantic white cedars by Gerry Beetham

Traveling Back in Time with Atlantic White Cedars

May 1, 2020

An Atlantic white cedar swamp is a mysterious place of mossy hummocks rambling around the roots of dignified spires stretching skyward. If you’re unfamiliar with these fascinating wetland communities, picture towering cedars casting deep shade on the boggy, tumbled terra firma below. In a typical year, standing water is present in hollows for more than…

Tree swallow parent on a fly by feeding - photo by Sarah E. Devlin Photography

Songbirds Find Nesting Success Thanks to HCT Volunteers

April 28, 2020

“There is a sumptuous variety about the New England weather that compels the stranger’s admiration — and regret.” ~Mark Twain, during an 1876 speech to the New England Society. Story by Susanna Graham Pye As Cape Codders, we know the truth in Twain’s words and are experts at riding the meteorological roller coaster that is…

Rose pogonia by Rich Eldred

Happy Earth Day 2020!

April 21, 2020

On this Earth Day April 22, 2020 (50th Anniversary!), the great outdoors has become ever more important for finding sanctuary, breathing deeply of the fresh air, and connecting with nature’s inspirations.     Last spring with membership renewal letters we asked for your reflections on how you appreciate the natural beauty rooted in the lands,…

Osprey by Diane Lomba

Return of the Inspiring Osprey

April 14, 2020

“To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.” Quote by Terry Tempest Williams Story by Tyler Maikath, HCT Outreach & Stewardship Coordinator Photos below by Diane Lomba, inset photos by Janet DiMattia Every year, I await…

Feisty herring photo by Janet DiMattia

Feisty Herring Return with Spring

April 6, 2020

While we all puzzle out the complexities of social distancing, natural phenomena that happen every spring are unfolding all around, including the migration of river herring. Since 2007, Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) volunteers have counted migratory river herring at the headwaters of the seven mile long Herring River in Harwich. Each spring, more than 60…

Spotted salamander by Peter Trull

FULL–March 13, 2020: Vernal Pool Adventure

March 11, 2020

Sorry, this event is now full.  We’ll be hosting other adventures with Peter Trull so stay tuned to your HCT eNews. About the adventure: Immerse yourself in the wild by joining a vernal pool adventure to learn about the nocturnal natural history of these intriguing habitats and their curious creatures. Join Cape Cod’s expert field…

New England's little owl: An Eastern Screech Owl appears in an Eyes On Owls live owl program

March 7, 2020: Owls from Near & Far

March 7, 2020

Come on down to the Harwich Community Center (#100 Oak St.) to see several different kinds of live owls and learn about their life histories, behavior and fun facts. You can pay at the door (online reservations are closed) today Saturday, March 7th at 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. as Marcia and Mark Wilson return…

Web local farmers Bill Pomeroy

CANCELLED: March 21st, Meet Your Local Farmers Event

March 1, 2020

CANCELLED Saturday, March 21, 2020 (noon – 3:00 p.m.) in the gym at the Harwich Community Center Out of an abundance of caution to protect public health, the 11th Annual “Meet Your Local Farmers” event has been cancelled. Each year, this event is free and open to the public allowing folks to kick-off the spring…

Marcus Hendricks and Todd Kelley summer 2017 photo by Todd Kelley

March 30, 2020: Coonamessett Native History Walk

February 11, 2020

Please click here to reserve for the March 30th guided history walk: From Gosnold (1602) to Aptucxet Trading Post (1627) About your experience: Co-sponsored by The Falmouth 300 Committee Land Trust and Harwich Conservation Trust, join storytellers Todd Morgan Kelley and Wampanoag/Nipmuc Marcus Hendricks on a guided walk exploring the history of Native Americans and…

Full moon by Gus Romano

Astronomy Stargazing Night: Jan. 22, 2020

January 21, 2020

Sorry, this event is now full.  Stay connected to HCT’s eNews for more outdoor experiences as 2020 unfolds. About this event: Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust, join amateur astronomer and Harwich resident, Michael Payne, for a free interpretive stargazing night from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Michael will share observation tips as well as point out planets and…