Walks & Events

Enhance Your Yard with Native Plants to Benefit Birds, Bees & Butterflies


Swallowtail Date: May 17, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Meeting Place: Zoom
Leader: Doug Tallamy
Price: 0

This event is FREE.
Would you like to learn how native plantings can create a more inviting and healthier yard for birds, beneficial insects, and other wildlife?

Join HCT on May 17th at 7:00 p.m. for a virtual talk by author Doug Tallamy who has written bestsellers on enhancing your eco-friendly backyard including Nature’s Best Hope and Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens.

He is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 104 research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, and other courses for 40 years. Tallamy was awarded the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd Jr. Award of Excellence in 2013.

After his presentation, Doug will be available to answer your questions, just in time for the spring growing season.


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May 11th Bell’s Neck Birding Walk


Date: May 11, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: May 12, 2021
Time: 8-10 a.m.
Meeting Place: Bells’ Neck Conservation Lands (Driving directions to the starting point will be included with your reservation confirmation email.)
Leader: Peter Trull
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 12

Join field naturalist and author Peter Trull on Tuesday, May 11th (8-10 a.m.) for a birding walk at Bell’s Neck searching woods and water for ospreys, eagles, herons, and waterfowl like buffleheads, ring-necked ducks, and mergansers. Birding enthusiasts from all experience levels are welcome. Peter will provide information about all birds seen and heard and will help participants strive for good birding observations with patience and guidance. Other features of each walk will include bird behavior, habitat preferences, signs and tracks of other fauna in the area. Peter will record all species seen and Mike Lach (HCT) will email the birding recap to all participants. Please join us for these two-hour field classes in birding and natural history.


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May 13th Cold Brook Birding Walk


redtailed hawk Date: May 13, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: May 14, 2021
Time: 8-10 a.m.
Meeting Place: Driving directions to the starting point will be included with your reservation confirmation email.
Leader: Peter Trull
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 12

Join birding expert and author Peter Trull at HCT’s Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 13th. Birding enthusiasts from all experience levels are welcome.

Peter will provide information about all birds seen and heard. He will help participants strive for good birding observations with patience and guidance. You’ll learn birding basics and likely see some species for the first time. Other features of this walk will include bird behavior, habitat preferences, signs and tracks of other fauna in the area. Peter will record all species seen and Mike Lach (HCT) will email the birding recap to all participants. Please join us for this two-hour field class in birding and natural history. This will be a true learning experience.


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May 15th Outermost House National Seashore History Walk


Don Wilding leads a group on a walk in the National Seashore by Nauset Marsh. Photo by Vince DeWitt Date: May 15, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: May 16, 2021
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: Eastham, National Seashore (directions included with your reservation confirmation email)
Leader: Don Wilding
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 25

Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust & Eastham Conservation Foundation, join local historian and writer Don Wilding for this journey to “the earth and outer sea” of Henry Beston, author of the Cape Cod literary classic, “The Outermost House.” Beston’s book, published 90 years ago, captured the essence of Cape Cod’s “Great Beach” and served as an inspiration for the establishment of the Cape Cod National Seashore. On this walk overlooking Nauset Marsh and the Great Beach, Wilding tells the story of how and why Beston, an ambulance driver in World War I, came here, what he experienced during his “year on the beach,” and how “The Outermost House” became a National Literary Landmark before it was swept away by the sea in the “Blizzard of ’78.”


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May 15th Outer Cape Storms, Shipwrecks & Rescues Walk


Jason shipwreck hct credit CCNS Date: May 15, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: May 16, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. - noon
Meeting Place: Eastham, National Seashore (directions included with your reservation confirmation email)
Leader: Don Wilding
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 25

Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust and Eastham Conservation Foundation, join historian and author Don Wildling for an interpretive guided walk along the Nauset Marsh Trail on Saturday, May 15th to explore the coastal storms, historic shipwrecks, and daring rescues along the Outer Beach of Cape Cod.

Travel across more than three centuries to hear about historic shipwrecks and rescues, ranging from the wreck of the Sparrow Hawk on Nauset Beach in 1626 to the Eldia in 1984. Wilding, author of three books about Cape Cod history, including the upcoming “Shipwrecks of Cape Cod: Stories of Tragedy & Triumph,” will also explore some of the dramatic storms from the “Portland Gale” of 1898 to the Blizzard of ’78,” and their effects on the shifting sands of the Outer Beach.


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May 18th Bell’s Neck Birding Walk


Green Heron Date: May 18, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: May 19, 2021
Time: 8-10 a.m.
Meeting Place: Bells’ Neck Conservation Lands (Driving directions to the starting point will be included with your reservation confirmation email.)
Leader: Peter Trull
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 12

Join field naturalist and author Peter Trull on Tuesday, May 18th (8-10 a.m.) for a birding walk at Bell’s Neck searching woods and water for ospreys, eagles, herons, and waterfowl like buffleheads, ring-necked ducks, and mergansers. Birding enthusiasts from all experience levels are welcome. Peter will provide information about all birds seen and heard and will help participants strive for good birding observations with patience and guidance. Other features of each walk will include bird behavior, habitat preferences, signs and tracks of other fauna in the area. Peter will record all species seen and Mike Lach (HCT) will email the birding recap to all participants. Please join us for these two-hour field classes in birding and natural history.


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May 20th Cold Brook Birding Walk


Date: May 20, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: May 21, 2021
Time: 8-10 a.m.
Meeting Place: Driving directions to the starting point will be included with your reservation confirmation email.
Leader: Peter Trull
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 12

Join birding expert and author Peter Trull at HCT’s Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 20th. Birding enthusiasts from all experience levels are welcome.

Peter will provide information about all birds seen and heard. He will help participants strive for good birding observations with patience and guidance. You’ll learn birding basics and likely see some species for the first time. Other features of this walk will include bird behavior, habitat preferences, signs and tracks of other fauna in the area. Peter will record all species seen and Mike Lach (HCT) will email the birding recap to all participants. Please join us for this two-hour field class in birding and natural history. This will be a true learning experience.


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May 25th Bell’s Neck Birding Walk


Tree swallow parent on a fly by feeding - photo by Sarah E. Devlin Photography Date: May 25, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: May 26, 2021
Time: 8-10 a.m.
Meeting Place: Bells’ Neck Conservation Lands (Driving directions to the starting point will be included with your reservation confirmation email.)
Leader: Peter Trull
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 12

Join field naturalist and author Peter Trull on Tuesday, May 25th (8-10 a.m.) for a birding walk at Bell’s Neck searching woods and water for ospreys, eagles, herons, and waterfowl like buffleheads, ring-necked ducks, and mergansers. Birding enthusiasts from all experience levels are welcome. Peter will provide information about all birds seen and heard and will help participants strive for good birding observations with patience and guidance. Other features of each walk will include bird behavior, habitat preferences, signs and tracks of other fauna in the area. Peter will record all species seen and Mike Lach (HCT) will email the birding recap to all participants. Please join us for these two-hour field classes in birding and natural history.


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May 27th Cold Brook Birding Walk


Date: May 27, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: May 28, 2021
Time: 8-10 a.m.
Meeting Place: Driving directions to the starting point will be included with your reservation confirmation email.
Leader: Peter Trull
Price: 20
Attendee Limit: 12

Join birding expert and author Peter Trull at HCT’s Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 27th. Birding enthusiasts from all experience levels are welcome.

Peter will provide information about all birds seen and heard. He will help participants strive for good birding observations with patience and guidance. You’ll learn birding basics and likely see some species for the first time. Other features of this walk will include bird behavior, habitat preferences, signs and tracks of other fauna in the area. Peter will record all species seen and Mike Lach (HCT) will email the birding recap to all participants. Please join us for this two-hour field class in birding and natural history. This will be a true learning experience.


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Past Events

May 13th Cold Brook Birding Walk

Date: May 13, 2021

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Join birding expert and author Peter Trull at HCT’s Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 13th. Birding enthusiasts from all experience levels are welcome.

Peter will provide information about all birds seen and heard. He will help participants strive for good birding observations with patience and guidance. You’ll learn birding basics and likely see some species for the first time. Other features of this walk will include bird behavior, habitat preferences, signs and tracks of other fauna in the area. Peter will record all species seen and Mike Lach (HCT) will email the birding recap to all participants. Please join us for this two-hour field class in birding and natural history. This will be a true learning experience.

May 11th Bell’s Neck Birding Walk

Date: May 11, 2021

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Join field naturalist and author Peter Trull on Tuesday, May 11th (8-10 a.m.) for a birding walk at Bell’s Neck searching woods and water for ospreys, eagles, herons, and waterfowl like buffleheads, ring-necked ducks, and mergansers. Birding enthusiasts from all experience levels are welcome. Peter will provide information about all birds seen and heard and will help participants strive for good birding observations with patience and guidance. Other features of each walk will include bird behavior, habitat preferences, signs and tracks of other fauna in the area. Peter will record all species seen and Mike Lach (HCT) will email the birding recap to all participants. Please join us for these two-hour field classes in birding and natural history.

May 6th Cold Brook Birding Walk

Date: May 6, 2021

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Join birding expert and author Peter Trull at HCT’s Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 6th. Birding enthusiasts from all experience levels are welcome.

Peter will provide information about all birds seen and heard. He will help participants strive for good birding observations with patience and guidance. You’ll learn birding basics and likely see some species for the first time. Other features of this walk will include bird behavior, habitat preferences, signs and tracks of other fauna in the area. Peter will record all species seen and Mike Lach (HCT) will email the birding recap to all participants. Please join us for this two-hour field class in birding and natural history. This will be a true learning experience.

May 4th Bell’s Neck Birding Walk

Date: May 4, 2021

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Join field naturalist and author Peter Trull on Tuesday, May 4th (8-10 a.m.) for a birding walk at Bell’s Neck searching woods and water for ospreys, eagles, herons, and waterfowl like buffleheads, ring-necked ducks, and mergansers. Birding enthusiasts from all experience levels are welcome. Peter will provide information about all birds seen and heard and will help participants strive for good birding observations with patience and guidance. Other features of each walk will include bird behavior, habitat preferences, signs and tracks of other fauna in the area. Peter will record all species seen and Mike Lach (HCT) will email the birding recap to all participants. Please join us for these two-hour field classes in birding and natural history.

Tour de Trash

Date: April 24, 2021

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Gather your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to register for Harwich’s annual ‘Tour de Trash’ event so that we can rid our roadsides of unsightly and unwanted litter. This event is a joint effort between the Town Conservation Department and the Harwich Conservation Trust, with assistance and support from AmeriCorps Cape Cod, the Police, Fire, and Highway Departments. In springs past, Tour de Trash volunteers removed over 1,200 lbs. of trash and 500 lbs. of recycling from roadsides and other areas around town!

Please bring water and dress appropriately for the weather as well as for walking. Separate bags for trash and recyclables will be provided, along with reflective vests, pickers, and disposable nitrile gloves. Rain will cancel the event.

Please wear face coverings and maintain six foot social distance with folks outside of your household.

We thank our sponsors including Stop and Shop in East Harwich and Nauset Disposal

Please consider being a part of Tour de Trash. Camaraderie makes it a fun and worthwhile event.

For questions, please contact Caroline Stephen of AmeriCorps Cape Cod by emailing: caroline.stephen@barnstablecounty.org.

Birding Walk with Mark Faherty

Date: April 24, 2021

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Co-sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) and MassAudubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary (WBWS), join WBWS Science Coordinator Mark Faherty on a birding walk Saturday, April 24th (8-10 a.m.). The rich wetlands of Bells’ Neck Conservation Area offer some of the best spring birding on Cape Cod, with several species of shorebirds, waterfowl, wading birds, and songbirds possible. Birders of all abilities are welcome as we peruse this mix of woods and wetlands to identify every bird we see and hear. We’ll hope for less common species like Glossy Ibis, Bald Eagle, and Pectoral Sandpiper as we enjoy the expected Belted Kingfishers, Osprey (double digits possible), Greater Yellowlegs, Great and Snowy Egrets, and Pine Warblers. We’ll also look for evidence of river otter and other mammal tracks and sign. Mark will also offer tips on tuning up your birding ears for spring migration and bird photography for those interested.

Wear layers and bring binoculars.

Face coverings are required.
Space is limited to 12, so advance reservation required for this socially distanced event.

Cost: $20 per person
Rain date: Sunday, April 25th

Please reserve at right.
Parking directions included with your reservation confirmation email.

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