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Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Update

Logos.AIRick Roth writes ~

Hi,
Okay, I really mean it.

We need LOTS of volunteers for this all-day event on Saturday in Manchester. Please get in touch. And you can start planning to volunteer for the Sidewalk Bazaar which is the following weekend, and for which we will need LOTS of help.

Saturday August 2, 9am-5pm
Book Fair at the Manchester Public Library
We’ll be there all day with a bunch of snakes and I believe that someone is going to lead a Kid’s activity.

Friday and Saturday August 8-9 9am-5pm
Gloucester Sidwalk Bazaar, Main Street in front of the Sargent House, near Bananas, where we’ve been for several years.
Bunch of snakes.

Saturday August 16, 2014 in the evening.
Gloucester Downtown Block Party
We’ll be in front of Toodloos Toy Store with a bunch of snakes. Fun event.

So… we really need lots of volunteers for the next three weeks. Remember, even if you can do an hour or two, it will give someone a lunch break or something. These events are great exposure for us, so please get in touch and let me know that you want to help out. Volunteer.

Thanks, Rick

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Community Events: Sawyer Free Library, Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team, Cape Ann Community Cinema

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CAPE ANN VERNAL POND TEAM UPDATE

Rick Roth writes:

“Nice time at the Farmer’s Market on Thursday.  Great weather, great crowd.  Thanks to volunteers Colleen Anderson and John Gallagher.  And thanks to the crew from Art Haven, Amelia, Avery and Natalie, for leading the Kid’s activity.

 

Saturday was the Petco Reptile Rally.  Nathan Dubrow was there with his green tree python.  I had a few snakes there and it was a fun event. Thanks to the Petco people who helped us out: Amanda, Acacia, Zac and Caroline.

 

Saturday  July 26, 2014  Time 10am

Snakes of New England and the World- 1 hour live animal presentation.

Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Ave., Gloucester MA

 

Saturday  August 2,  9am-5pm

Book Fair at the Manchester Public Library

We’ll be there all day with a bunch of snakes and I believe that someone is going to lead a Kid’s activity.

 

Friday and Saturday  August 8-9  9am-5pm

Gloucester Sidwalk Bazaar, Main Street in front of the Sargent House, near Bananas, where we’ve been for several years.

Bunch of snakes.

 

So… we really need lots of volunteers for the next three weeks.  Remember, even if you can do an hour or two, it will give someone a lunch break or something.  These events are great exposure for us, so please get in touch and let me know that you want to help out.  Those of you that have been around for a while know that I can really pester people about volunteering to the point where they wish they were never born.  Don’t let this happen to you.  Volunteer.

 

Meanwhile… this really cool vernal pond thing is about to take place, likely in the next week or two.  The emergence of newly metamorphosed wood frogs.  They look just like the adults except tiny.  Like 1/2 inch.  We’ll be doing a daytime field trip to see these guys soon.  Nick Taormina is scouting the pond to see just when they start hopping.  Keep watching your CAVPT emails for final details on this exciting outing.  And don’t forget to volunteer.

 

Thanks,  Rick

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CAPE ANN COMMUNITY CINEMA

Hello Kim,
Last push for this Friday’s Giggles Glosta Comedy Show Featuring Artie Januario, Ira Proctor, and Graig Murphy.

CAPE ANN COMMUNITY CINEMA

BLURB:
Join us for the next GIGGLES GLOSTA comedy night on Friday, July 25 at 8:00pm!

Host Graig Murphy performs with a pair of nationally known comedy stars – Artie Januario and Ira Proctor. Known as the “funniest pharmacist”, Januario is one of the most well known and respected comedians in the area who makes any show a resounding success. Proctor has taken his comedy show across the states and overseas receiving rave reviews. Host Graig Murphy is one of Boston’s Up and Coming performers.

Tickets for these shows are $25 general admission, $22.50 for Cinema Members. Advance tickets are preferred.

photo caption: Giggles Glosta’s Comedy Show featuring Graig Murphy, Ira Proctor, and Artie Januario, Friday, July 25 @ 7:30pm

Many thanks,
Anne-Marie

Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Update

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We had a nice time at Summerfaire at the UU Church in Rockport on Saturday. Great weather, lots of people interested in our snakes. And courageous volunteers: John Gallagher, Colleen Anderson and Caroline from Petco. Thank you. And Terri Desmaris for inviting us.

We need some volunteers for Thursday. The Farmer’s Market is always a fun gig and the weather is supposed to be very nice. So… come over, help with our exhibit and check out the market.
Thursday July 17, 2014 3-6pm (I think)
Cape Ann Farmer’s Market, Stage Fort Park, Gloucester
We’ll be there with a bunch of snakes and the good people from Art Haven will lead the Kid’s Activity- painting wooden snakes.

Saturday July 19, 2014 1-3pm
Petco Reptile Rally at Petco at Gloucester Crossing
We’ll be there with a few snakes. Should be fun.

And then…
Saturday July 26, 2014 Time TBA
Snakes of New England and the World- 1 hour live animal presentation.
Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Ave., Gloucester MA

Meanwhile… this really cool vernal pond thing is about to take place, likely in the next week or two. The emergence of newly metamorphosed wood frogs. They look just like the adults except tiny. Like 1/2 inch. We’ll be doing a daytime field trip to see these guys soon. Nick Taormina is scouting the pond to see just when they start hopping. Keep watching your CAVPT emails for final details on this exciting outing. And don’t forget to volunteer.

Thanks, Rick

 

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Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Update

Rick Roth writes ~

We had a nice time at Visiting Scientist Day at O’Malley Middle School on Friday. Five 45 minute classes of sixth graders. We brought salamanders, frogs, turtles and snakes. Sam Bevins took the day off from Gloucester High to do the presentaion, and he’s really good at it. Extra help from sixth grader Sam Ciolino. Thanks guys.

Got home to find Gretchen, one of our bull snakes had laid nine eggs. They are now in the incubator at 79F. for about 70 days. Evilyn, our female white-lipped python looks quite gravid (snake talk for pregnant). Hope to see eggs soon. A couple of our other snakers are starting to look like they might be eggy too.

Met with Eric and Brendan from the Green Team at Manchester/Essex Regional High School last week. It looks like we might get two students next school year to help with all manner of CAVPT activities.

Meanwhile… Nick Taormina and I have been checking our turtle traps on Essex County Greenbelt property every day for about three weeks, where there is a record of a Blanding’s Turtle (Threatened Species in Mass). It was kind of a bust, we only found one turtle- a ten inch snapper. But there my be more we can do there. Gotta check with ECGB, Fish and Wildlife and a herpetologist buddy of mine. More on that later.

Meanwhile…we have a show to do:

Saturday June 14, 2014 3pm
Snakes of New England and the World- one hour live animal presentation
Lincoln School: Hartwell Pod B
We need volunteers. Please get in touch if you can help with the show. Or… if you’re in the hood, check it out. There is a suggested donation of $5 or $15 for a family of 3 or more. We’re going to try our best to make it worth it.

Later, Rick

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Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Update

Rick Roth writes ~

Well, we had a real nice yard sale on Saturday. The weather forecast was a little iffy, but we decided to go ahead with it, and it turned out to be a great day. I just don’t think I can begin to thank everyone who helped out by name when you consider all those who donated items, transported items, set up, sold, bought, gave us pemission to use the property, adverised, broke down, and cleaned up. Really a huge effort by a whole lot of people. Thank you all.

We made about $1300.00 which is a new record for us. It seemed as though whatever we did we always made $1000-1200. So, we were rewarded for all our effort.
Once again, thanks to all who contributed.
Rick

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Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Needs Help Moving Tomorrow, Saturday

Rick Roth and I had a fun time at WGBH Radio this afternoon, with Jim, Emily and Will. Nice people, fun time.

We got the office furniture assembled. Thanks to Jean, Colleen, Anna, Tracy, John, Andrew, Jeff, Clayton, Nick, Melissa, Emily, Amber and Jessica. And thanks to Dierdre for the wonderful snacks.

WE STILL NEED HELP WITH THRE MOVE- ITS TOMORROW
The big office move is scheduled for this Saturday:
We (CAVPT and Kestrel) are moving our office from 15 Lexington Ave. in Magnolia to 186 Main St. Gloucester in Brown’s Mall right across from the police station. The plan is to do this on Saturday, May 17th. We will need help with this. If you have a truck or a van, we could use that too.

Start gathering your donations for the Big Giant Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team/Kestrel Educational Adventures Yard Sale.
Saturday May 24, 2014, 9am-1pm. St. Peter’s Square, Gloucester
Bring your donations to St. Peter’s Square at 7am on the morning of the sale. No TVs or computers please. We will need some volunteers to work at the sale too. And, we will have some stuff at our Magnolia office which will need to be moved from the office to the sale early in the morning on Saturday. How early? Depends on how many volunteers and trucks we get.

Next show: STILL NEED HELP WITH THIS
Sunday May 18, 2014 2-3pm
Snakes of New England and the World- one hour live animal presentation.
The barn at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich MA
Guess what?… We’ll need volunteers.

We still need lots of volunteers in the next couple of weeks, so please get in touch and let me know if you can help out. AND… WE STILL NEED A TREASURER.
Thanks, Rick

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Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Update

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Busy weekend.

Really had a cool snake show at Lynn Woods on Saturday for Earth Fest. Great job by: Nancy Gilberg, Colleen Anderson, Caitlyn Heathman, John Gallagher and Leslie Coutemanche.

On Sunday we had a very nice vernal pond/snake display at the Essex County Greenbelt. Thanks to Sam and Diane Bevins, Mariah Lowe, Jacob and Bryn Lord, Suzanne Selig, Denise Clinton and Jared and Aidan Wood.

Meanwhile, we also had a lovely vernal pond display at the Gloucester Pride Stride at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester by Colleen Anderson and Nicci Cataldo.

I did the field work for three more vernal ponds today to add to the nine we (Nick Taomina, Matt Burne and me) did last Friday.

In the whether-you-know-it-or-not department the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team and our sister organization, Kestrel Educational Adventures are moving to a new location on Main Street in Gloucester right across the street from the Police Station (I forget the number). Kestrel has really taken the lead on this and we are tagging along. It will be called the Get Outside Center and there is a:
Get Outside Kickoff Party
Thursday may 1, 2014 7:30pm at the
Cape Ann Community Cinema, Main St., Gloucester

Should be fun. See you there.
Rick

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Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Update

Cape Ann Vernal Pond TeamWell, we had a real nice snake show this afternoon for the Waltham Land Trust. Good crowd, snakes were well-behaved. Thanks to our courageous volunteers: Mariah Lowe, Sam Bevins, Jacob Lord, Suzanne Selig, John Gallagher and Tim and Kyle Murphy. And thanks to Sonja Wadman for inviting us.

Does this mean we can rest on out laurels? Noooooooo.
This weekend is Earth Day weekend, so its going to be busy and we will need lots of vcolunteers.

Saturday April 26, 2014 Aproximately 12:30pm
Snakes of New England and the World- 1 hour (or so) live animal presentation for EarthFest at Lynn Woods

Sunday April 27, 2014 10am-2pm
Essex County Greenbelt Earth Day Fair, Cox Reservation, 82 Eastern Ave, Essex MA
We will be there with a Vernal Pond/Snake Exhibit. Should be really cool.

Also on Sunday April 27, 2014
2014 Gloucester Pride Stride- You can get pledges and walk for CAVPT. Check out the website gloucesterpridestride.com for info and pledge sheets. We will try to have some sort of exhibit there from about 10am until the end, which, I’m guessing will be about 3pm. But we also have Earth Day at Essex County Greenbelt that day, so…
if we get enough volunteers, we can have an exhibit at both events. So… we need LOTS of volunteers for Sunday.
Please get in touch if you can walk for us at the Pride Stride or if you can help out at any of these events.

Thanks, Rick

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Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Update

Logos.AI In the I should have mentioned this earlier but I didn’t department: Tuesday April 22, 2014 1:30-3pm Snakes of New England and the World- 45 minute presentation and 45 minute some sort of snake related kids art project for the Waltham Land Trust. Somewhere in Waltham MA, exact location to be announced.

We need volunteers for this. Please get in touch. Speaking of volunteers: 2014 Gloucester Pride Stride- You can get pledges and walk for CAVPT. Check out the website gloucesterpridestride.com for info and pledge sheets. We will try to have some sort of exhibit there, but we also have Earth Day at Essex County Greenbelt that day, so… if we get lots of volunteers, we can have an exhibit at both events. So, get those pledges and get ready to walk for us.

Don’t forget to check out your Easter Sunday Boston Globe magazine for a cool article entitled Two Rick Roths Walk Into a Bar.

Later, Rick

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Editor’s Note ~ Link to Rick’s article in today’s Sunday Globe Magazine: Click HERE 

Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Update

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We had a nice field trip on Friday night. Saw spotted sals, wood frogs and spring peepers at Stillington. Spermatophores, WF eggs and SS eggs. And some lovely leeches. Then to long and narrow for some fairy shrimp, a newt, more spotteds.

Weather looks promising for tomorrow night. If we get the rain they’re talking about then we should see some migration. So….

Field Trip
Tuesday April 15, 2014
Meet at Wallgreen’s parking lot on Main Street in Gloucester at 8:30pm.

Did I mention… the Caper Ann Vernal Pond Team needs a treasurer. Someone please volunteer for this fun and prestigious position.

Thanks, Rick

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Addendum ~ Reader barrycuda writes in the comment section, “its always great to see a piece designed by the Lovely & Talented Helen Ann Lind.”  Through the GMG search box, I found several previous posts written by Joey about Helen’s beautiful work:

Helen Anne Lind Tells The Story Of How She Created The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Logo Back in the 70’s

Two Entries for The Downtown Gloucester Block Party Poster Contest Helen Lind and Linda Cordner- The Vote Ends Tomorrow Morning At 5AM

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Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Update

Logos.AIIt’s warm enough and it’s going to rain. But the rain won’t be until late tonight and I don’t think many of you will want to go on a field trip after midnight. But… tonight’s rain should bring out some salamanders. It’s supposed to be warm tomorrow. So… there will be salamanders in the pools and there should be frogs calling. Although we likely won’t see much migration, it should still be neat. So…Tuesday April 8, 2014 8:30pm
Meet at Walgreens’s Parking Lot on Main St., Gloucester

PLEASE READ THIS
We have a lot of new people on the listserv this year, so I want to go over the field trip procedure. For many of you, this will be review.We have both daytime and nighttime fieldtrips.
At night we hope to see migrating and/or breeding spotted salamanders, wood frogs and spring peepers. Maybe some other things- fairy shrimp, water bugs and leeches.
During the day we are usually searching for egg masses to photograph for certification. We may see frogs, fairy shrimp, insects and leeches.

Night trips usually happen when the air temperature is 45°F or above. Usually rainy or foggy. About 9:30pm.
Daytime trips happen after the amphibian egg masses start to show up in the ponds.

You usually won’t get much notice because there are lots of variables (for instance, the air temp. might be right, but the ground might still be frozen, and the amphibians may decide to stay home). The critters don’t tell us what they’re going to do. And we don’t have a crystal ball here, so I’ll try to give you my best guess as to when a field trip is coming up, but you may only get 2-3 hours notice. So watch your emails.

We generally meet at the Walgreens/Dunkin Donuts parking lot on Main Street in Gloucester at about 9:15pm.

Most people drive their own car (or buddy up) from the parking lot to the pool. That way you can leave whenever you get cold, wet, tired or bored. Many field trippers do not care to stay out as long as I do. Which is fine.

On night trips you’ll need a flashlight. Mag lights and 6-volt lights are good. Some people have some of those nice LED ones. Everyone must have a flashlight so you can shine the ground in front of you as you walk to the pond. Salamanders may be walking too, and they aren’t fast enough to get out of your way. We don’t want to step on any amphibians.

So, anyway, put your raingear, boots (just for a muddy walk, you won’t be wading) and flashlight by the door and be ready. Leave your dogs at home.
I would encourage you to join us if you haven’t already. If we get a good night, it’s an amazing spectacle and really the fun part of vernal ponding.

We’ll need lots of experienced field trippers to assist in leading. I think we’ll have a lot of new people this year.

Check your emails often for the latest updates. We will make every effort to give as much notice as possible, but sometimes it may not be until 6:30-7pm on the night of the trip.

Hope to see you out there. Rick

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Link to Cape Ann Vernal Pond team website.