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It appears you're using Internet Explorer or an early version of Edge, which is a bit like watching a black-and-white TV with "rabbit ears." You're missing symmetry, joy and actual knowledge — not only here on my website but across the internet. I suggest you upgrade to Chrome or Firefox. You’ll discover a lot more nature, maybe even actual rabbit ears.

— Bryan

Hold Nature in Your Hand

Susie Spikol is a naturalist and writer who helps connect people of all ages to nature.

Book Trailer to The Animal Adventurer’s Guide

Thank you to SALT Project for this video.

Upcoming Events

Cover of the book The Animal Advenuterer's Guide.

Everyday Wild Workshop at NAAEE

October 14, 2022 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. NAAEE Conference in Tucson, Arizona

The small things in nature--the creatures we hold and watch open our hearts. Discover how everyday wildlife ignites compassion and moves us towards stewardship. Learn to talk international bird or spy on a bug. We have everything we need in our neighborhood to fall in love with this world. For more information »

Hands holding a big bullfrog.

Babies in Backpacks and Toddlers in Tow

October 18, 2022 from 10 to 11 a.m. Hiroshi Property, Peterborough NH

Join Harris Center naturalist Susie Spikol and parent educators from The River Center for a wild ramble in search of signs of fall. From acorns and mushrooms to chipmunks and chickadees, come spend time with other families interested in being outside and exploring the magical world we live in. A perfect hike for little legs – and a great chance to chat about parenting questions as we walk! For more information »

Scratch board drawing of North American porcupine by artist Kim Cunningham

The Life and Times of the North American Porcupine

October 19, 2022 from 7 to 8 p.m. Fitzwilliam Town Library, Fitzwilliam NH

Join Harris Center naturalist, Susie Spikol for a prickly evening all about New England's own quill pig, the North American porcupine. Discover the life cycle, eating habits, and social behavior of this very large rodent. For more information »

A spooky raven flying in front of a full moon.

Nevermore: The Natural History and Mythology of Ravens and Crows

October 26, 2022 from 2 to 3 p.m. RiverMead, Peterborough NH

Join Harris Center Director of Bird Conservation Phil Brown and Community Programs Director and naturalist Susie Spikol for a deep dive into the natural history of these exceptional and often misunderstood birds. Find out the mythology and folklore of these birds and how it influences our preception of these highly intelligent birds. For more information »

A black and white photo of a human skeleton, leaning back with its hands places up by its head.

Nature on Tap: Tiny Terrors the Halloween Edition

October 26, 2022 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Post and Beam Brewery, Peteborough NH

Join a team of Harris Center naturalists as they share true tales of cannibalism, zombification, kleptomania, envenomation, and other dark doings by pint-sized wildlife – just in time for Halloween. Sometimes the scariest critters are also the smallest. Drinks on you, stories on us!