On Saturday, June 8th, from 9 am to 2 pm, BRCC and the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) led a guided hike to explore the many unique features of this beautiful part of the Belknap Range.  10 participants had the opportunity to learn about these conserved lands and the natural and human history of LRCT’s Piper Mountain Conservation Area in Gilford and the land known as the Jail Pasture as well the summits of Piper and Belknap.  Russ Wilder, BRCC Chairman and Rhys Bowen, LRCT Trustee,  led participants on this moderate/strenuous hike and shared their knowledge of the historic and natural heritage of this area.  Mr. Bowen, a research ornithologist, helped us identify 18 bird species we encountered and what they were doing at this buggy time of year.  We also saw a very large snowshoe hare already in its brown phase while we were ascending Piper.