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December 11, 2015

Applications Open: Summer Research Program for Undergraduates

Undergraduate students working in the field

UPDATE: Applications closed Feb 5, 2016.

Applications are now open for the 2016 Harvard Forest Summer Research Program, an opportunity for college and university students across the U.S. to participate in 11 weeks (May 23-August

December 11, 2015

Seeing the Landscape in Landscape Art

Painting by George Inness, "The Lackawanna Valley"

A new paper by ecologist and Harvard Forest collaborator Ed Faison (of Highstead) explores how the ecology and land-use changes of the 19th-century American landscape are revealed in paintings from that period.

Using examples from Hudson River School artists, Faison discusses subtle evidence of forest clearing and composition, shifts in wildlife populations, and the remanants of old

December 11, 2015

New Cameras Give Glimpse of Harvard Farm

The view from one of the research cameras showing an open pasture.

Two research webcams (north, south) now aid the study of seasonal change on the Harvard Farm, Harvard Forest's newest research site and a valuable haven for biodiversity in a region dominated by maturing forests. The cameras and electrical work were supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research program.

The Petersham Country Club, as the land was

December 11, 2015

The Great Flight North

black-throated green warbler by Brooks Mathewson

Migratory songbirds, commonly seen in Harvard Forest woodlands in spring and summer, spend their winters thousands of miles south in Central and South America searching for food.

A recent article in Massachusetts Wildlife by Brooks Mathewson, a graduate of HF's Master’s in Forest Science program, chronicles the journey of one male Black-throated Green Warbler as he travels from his