Harris Center hosts documentary screening, tracking workshop

The Harris Center for Conservation Education is cosponsoring the screening of “A Murder of Crows,” from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Putnam Theater at Keene State College tonight.

New research has shown that these common birds are among the most intelligent animals in the world, able to use tools, recognize and remember particular people, and communicate with other crows via 250 distinct calls.

In this hour-long PBS Nature documentary, crow experts from around the world sing the praises of this remarkable species, and present captivating new footage of crows as you’ve never seen them before. For more information, contact Brett Amy Thelen. Cosponsored with the Monadnock Conservancy and Keene State College.

And on Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Harris Center will offer an Environmental Studies Institute for Adult Learning course: Comprehensive Tracking and Sign Certification Workshop at the center in Hancock. The class with instructor George Leoniak is $250.

This two-day track and sign certification workshop — cosponsored with Antioch University New England — is open to amateur trackers, students and professionals seeking to improve their tracking skills. Those who successfully complete the Level I, II, or III competency tests will receive a certificate from CyberTracker Conservation, which has established an international standard for wildlife tracking skills.

Participants are responsible for their own food and water, and for being prepared for cold temperatures, snow and rough terrain. Space is limited, and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Peg Smeltz at 283-2301 or msmeltz@antioch.edu. To sign up for the course and to make a registration payment by credit card, please visit continuinged.antioch.edu.

Leoniak is a widely recognized animal tracker based in northern New England, and an adjunct faculty member at AUNE. To learn more about Leoniak, visit www.leoniacktracking.com.

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