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Redtail Hawk on Cedar by Janet Dimattia

February 2020 Winter Birding Walks with Peter Trull

January 17, 2020

About Your Experience: Join naturalist and author Peter Trull on a weekly Tuesday birding walk at HCT’s Cold Brook Preserve from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Choose from February 4, 11, 18, and 25. Birding enthusiasts from all experience levels are welcome. Winter birds are easier to see, often active, and it can be surprising which…

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

Live Owls from Near & Far: Saturday, March 7th

January 1, 2020

Click here to reserve and join us on Saturday, March 7th at 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. as Marcia and Mark Wilson return to the Harwich Community Center with their live owls to amaze us one and all! See great-horned, snowy, barred, screech, and saw-whet owls as well as the spectacled owl from South America…

gray seal by Gerry Beetham

Feb. 29, 2020: Seals and Society

November 27, 2019

Presentation by Andrea Bogomolni, Ph.D.: Northwest Atlantic Seal Research Consortium, Chair Location: Harwich Community Center, #100 Oak Street, 02645 Day/date/time: Saturday, February 29th, 2:00 p.m. Admission: Suggested donation of $5     The relationship between seals and humans extends back thousands of years on Cape Cod and throughout the Gulf of Maine. Despite this, our…

Oceans edge by Gerry Beetham

Feb. 8, 2020: Marine Micro-plastics–A Complex & Emerging Issue

November 27, 2019

Presentation by Mark Hahn, Ph.D.: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), Senior Scientist Location: Harwich Community Center, #100 Oak Street, 02645 Day/date/time: Saturday, February 8th, 2:00 p.m. Admission: Suggested donation of $5 Microplastics—small pieces of plastic less than a quarter inch in diameter—are the latest ocean pollutants to raise concern among scientists and the public. Reports…

American Lady on Cone Flower at Janet DiMattia

Feb. 22, 2020: Local Butterflies & Butterfly Gardening Tips

November 27, 2019

Presentation by Joe Dwelly: Massachusetts Butterfly Club & Pollard Walk Leader Location: Harwich Community Center, #100 Oak Street, 02645 Day/date/time: Saturday, February 22nd, 2:00 p.m. Admission: Suggested donation of $5 Join Joe to focus on the local diversity of butterflies that can be found in Harwich. In particular, learn about the butterflies that inhabit the…

Riverscape - Photo by Janet DiMattia

FULL–Bell’s Neck Walk: Dec. 12, 2019

November 27, 2019

Sorry, this walk is now full. We look forward to seeing you at upcoming events. About this walk: Join Town of Harwich Conservation Administrator Amy Usowski and AmeriCorps Cape Cod member Hannah Schmidt for a walk around the Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands and the West Reservoir. Hannah and Amy will discuss the natural history and…

Humpback whale - photo by Gus Romano)

Feb. 1, 2020: Listen to the Whales

November 16, 2019

Presentation by Salvatore Cerchio, Ph.D., Director of the Madagascar Omura’s Whale Project & Visiting Scientist, New England Aquarium Location: Harwich Community Center, #100 Oak Street, 02645 Day/date/time: Saturday, February 1st, 2:00 p.m. Admission: Suggested donation of $5 Whale song is full of tremendous diversity. From the barely audible throbbing of blue whales to the haunting…

Fox portrait by Sarah E Devlin

Jan. 11, 2020: Why We Preserve Wild Places & Who Lives There

November 16, 2019

Presentation by Peter Trull: Naturalist, Author, Science Teacher Location: Harwich Community Center, #100 Oak Street, 02645 Day/date/time: Saturday, January 11th, 2:00 p.m. Admission: Suggested donation of $5 As a supporter of Harwich Conservation Trust you donate funds to help preserve natural lands that protect water resources, wildlife habitats, scenic views, walking trails, and our shared…

fisher credit Bill Byrne Mass Wildlife

Jan. 4, 2020: Fishers–Biology & Behavior

November 16, 2019

Presentation by Jason E. Zimmer: District Supervisor, Southeast Wildlife District, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife Location: Harwich Community Center, #100 Oak Street, 02645 Day/date/time: Saturday, January 4th, 2:00 p.m. Admission: Suggested donation of $5 The fisher (Martes pennanti) is a secretive, mostly nocturnal mammal that inhabits local habitats. Sometimes people call it a “fisher…

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HCT & AmeriCorps Build an Osprey Nest Platform

November 15, 2019

On Thursday, November 14th, the nonprofit Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) and AmeriCorps Cape Cod members assembled and installed a new osprey nesting platform in the saltmarsh tucked behind Red River Beach. Two salt marsh parcels totaling 2.7 acres were donated to HCT in 2015 by Barbara and Peter Sidel. HCT’s Outreach & Stewardship Coordinator Tyler…

Bells Neck fall Gerry Beetham

FULL–Nature Photo Walk: Nov. 30, 2019

October 27, 2019

Sorry, this event is now full, but stay tuned to HCT’s eNews for more outdoor opportunities and events. Cost: $20 Space is limited to twelve participants.  About this Nature Photo Walk: Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust, join us for a photo walk through the Bell’s Neck Conservation lands, looking for a couple of special locations…

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FULL–Turkey Talk Walk: Nov. 23, 2019

October 23, 2019

Sorry, this event is now full. Please watch your HCT eNews for upcoming walks and events, including our 2020 Winter Talk series. About this walk: Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust, join walk leader Irwin Schorr for this seasonal ramble through Hawksnest State Park. Commentary will explore the area’s history, natural habitats, and some pre-Thanksgiving turkey…