Author Archives: Kim Smith

RAISING MONEY TO ASSIST JOEL CATULO’S FAMILY

Pietro Cannavo writes, “As you may already know that a friend and a member of our community passed away unexpectedly. We are trying to raise money for his family to help pay for expenses. Any amount will be greatly appreciated. Please find it in your hearts to help in anyway. Thank you. We least miss you Joel.”

PLEASE DONATE HERE

DEBORAH CRAMER SHARES LIVE FROM THE WASHINGTON D.C. MARCH ON CLIMATE

Deborah Cramer writes from the climate march on Washington D.C. “The EPA, under its new leadership, is taking down the climate change pieces of its website. So, so happy to be in Washington with so many kids chanting “We are unstoppable, another world is possible,” as thousands of people marched down Pennsylvania Ave. to the White House.”

MARSH SUNRISE

Yellow Legs feeding at daybreak in the marsh.

I am not sure if this is a Greater or Lesser Yellow Legs. It was too dark to make an id before flying off to join several more feeding at low tide in the marsh.

Look for both Greater and Lesser Legs along the shoreline–they are common sights in Massachusetts during spring and fall migrations. Yellow Legs are traveling to bogs and marshes of the boreal forest region of Canada and Alaska where they breed and nest for the summer.

BREAKING NEWS: NORTH ATLANTIC FISH WHARF COLLAPSE PHOTOS

NORTH ATLANTIC FISH AND CHANNEL WHARF COLLAPSE

Photos submitted by Ward One Councilman Scott Memhard

Gloucester Times

Times Staff

The North Atlantic Fish storage building at 88 Commercial St. in Gloucester has collapsed, taking part of the wharf with it.

The property at 88 Commercial St. is home to Neptune Marine, and was formerly known as the FBI Wharf. According to officials at the scene, the storage building was already cordoned off because of its condition.

READ MORE FROM THE GLOUCESTER TIMES HERE

UNDULATUS ASPERATUS CLOUD FORMATIONS OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED

Last September we wrote about the rare undulatus asperatus clouds over Gloucester Harbor. According to WBZ-TV chief meterologist Eric Fisher, they were recognized by the Wold Meteorological Organization in March as an official cloud formation. The clouds could be seen over Boston the past few days. You can see a photos of the wavy formations here:  Good Morning Gloucester Undulatus Asperitus.

Undulatus asperatus clouds over Gloucester Harbor from Rocky Neck Railways

To learn more about undulatus asperatus, read more here.

 

BOSTON GLOBE: GLOUCESTER’S PASTAIO VIA CORTA DANIELLE GLANTZ!!

Congratulations to Danielle for the terrific article in the Boston Globe. We’re so fortunate to have Danielle and her amazing pasta (and other deliciousness) shop!!

Danielle Glantz makes pasta in 10 to 12 shapes each day at her shop, Pastaio Via Corta, in Gloucester. PHOTO BY JINTARA NUTPRASAS

BEAUTIFUL CEDAR ROCK GARDENS HAS REOPENED FOR THE SEASON – COME SEE ALL THAT THEY HAVE TO OFFER – SIMPLY A FANTASTIC SELECTION OF FLOWERS AND VEGIES!!

Cedar Rock Gardens is an 18-acre farm located at 229 Concord Street in West Gloucester. The flower and veggie farm is owned and operated by Tucker Smith and Elise Jillson. Last year was their first in business with hours open to the public and it’s so exciting to see Tucker and Elise developing their growing enterprise. This year they have expanded seedling offerings (see the “read more” at the end of this post for a complete list of plants offered) and have devoted even more fields to pick-your-own flowers .

We’re looking forward to having Elise and Tucker on our podcast this weekend. When you see the two, wish them congratulations. Elise and Tucker became engaged this winter! 

Fields of pick-your-own tulips in a lovely array of hues. This color opens to pure carmine. See photo below.

You run into the nicest people at Cedar Rock Gardens. Captain Stefan Edick of the Schooner Adventure surveying early season offerings.

Black-capped Chickadees nesting in a hole in the old Crabapple tree.

Cedar Rock Garden’s fabulous pick-your-own tulips are the perfect anecdote to April’s rainy days. This bouquet has become more beautiful with each passing moment Only $4.50. for a bunch of gorgeousness!

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For a complete list of flower and veggie seedlings see below. Cedar Rock Gardens is open everyday from 8am to 5pm. For more information, visit Cedar Rock Gardens website here.

Cedar Rock Gardens writes, “We are committed to providing a healthy and beautiful choice to our community in both the floral and food industry and invite you to experience the local difference. Only environmentally-sound and organic growing techniques are used at Cedar Rock Gardens. You can always rest assured that our farm produce and flowers are safe and wholesome, with a freshness that guarantees good nutrition (and the best vase life for our bouquets). We use organic fertilizers and pesticides; We are currently not certified as ‘USDA Organic’ but our practices follow organic guidelines.”

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SAVE THE DATE FOR MY UPCOMING PROGRAM “BEAUTY ON THE WING: LIFE STORY OF THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY”

On Thursday, May 4th at 7pm, I am giving my lecture with photos, “Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly,” along with several short film screenings, for the Salem Garden Club. For more information, see the events page of my website. I hope to see you there!

Newly Emerged Monarch Butterfly and Sunflower, Gloucester

Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly

The Monarch’s life story is one of nature’s most incredible examples of adaptation and survival. But the Monarch migration is in great peril. Learn how you can help. Through photographs and discussion, Beauty on the Wing tells the life story of the Monarch Butterfly, the state of the butterflies migration and why they are in sharp decline, and the positive steps we can take as individuals and collectively to help the Monarchs recover from the devastating effects of habitat loss and climate change.  (1-1.5 hours).Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis and Marsh Milkweed
Monarchs Awakening

CHECK OUT RESTAURANT ITALIANO LUNCH AND DINNER MENUS–YUMMMMM!

Italiano’s dinner menu- 

Italiano’s lunch menu –

 

Italiano is located at 64 Main Street. For more information, call 978-559-7638.

 

 

BREAKING: NEW RESTAURANT ITALIANO ON MAIN STREET GRAND OPENING TODAY!!

Congratulations to Deo and Paula Braga, and their son Dominick, for the grand opening of the Braga’s newest venture, the restaurant Italiano. Today’s joyful ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by Mayor Sefatia, Ken and Kerry from the Chamber, family, friends, and Barry Pett, who was representing Senator Bruce Tarr. Located at 64 Main Street, Italiano is serving lunch and dinner daily in an elegant yet child friendly atmosphere. The menu looks delicious and the staff are simply terrific. For information about hours and seating call 978-559-7638.

Snapshots from this morning’s ribbon cutting ceremony.

Mayor Sefatia sharing history about Gloucester’s Militello family photo, circa 1952

CAPE ANN TV LUNCH AND LEARN AFTER HOURS After Hours 5/4 at 7 PM

 LUNCH AND LEARN AFTER HOURS May 4th
KEEP YOUR SHOOT TOGETHER—TRICKS AND TIPS FOR PRODUCTION PLANNINGThis year’s Lunch and Learn series at Cape Ann TV has been concentrating
on how to get the most out of cameras, microphones, lights and other
technical equipment. But how do you plan to use all this stuff on your
next project without losing your mind?Come to our next Lunch and Learn After Hours at 7pm on Thursday May 4th
and we’ll show you how pre-production planning can help you keep your
shoot together.
We’ll cover how to keep your crew and cast organized, how to plan and keep
your locations ready, and how to make sure you aren’t blowing your budget.
We’ll be handing out some handy forms the pros use designed to make your
life easier when you’re planning and executing a video production.  Bring
your production questions and learn some of the secrets production
managers use to keep the show on the road.

“Keep Your Shoot Together”—Thursday May 4th at 7pm at the Cape Ann TV
studios in the Blackburn Industrial Park

Space is limited for this event; please RSVP to rtober@capeanntv.org to
reserve your spot!

What Do You Want to Know? We want to hear from you about what you’d like
us to tackle next, so you can get working on your next video project. Just
email us at rtober@capeanntv.org, and let us know what you want to know.
We’re putting this year’s schedule together now, so send us your ideas
soon.

PIPING PLOVERS HAVE RETURNED TO CAPE ANN BEACHES!

Male Piping Plover

The sweetest and tiniest of shorebirds has been spotted at several of our local beaches, including Wingaersheek and Good Harbor Beach. They have also been seen at Plum Island, as well as other Massachusetts barrier beaches, for several weeks. The Plovers have traveled many thousands of miles to reach our shores and are both weary from traveling and eager to establish nesting sites.

What can you do to help the Piping Plovers? Here are four simple things we can all do to protect the Plovers.

  1. Don’t leave behind or bury trash or food on the beach. All garbage attracts predators such as crows, seagulls, foxes, and coyotes, and all four of these creatures EAT plover eggs and chicks.
  2. Do not linger near the Piping Plovers or their nests. Activity around the Plovers also attracts gulls and crows.
  3. Respect the fenced off areas that are created to protect the Plovers.
  4. If pets are permitted, keep dogs leashed.

 

The last is the most difficult for folks to understand. Dogs threaten Piping Plovers in many ways and at every stage of their life cycle during breeding season, even the most adorable and well-behaved of pooches.

Dogs love to chase Piping Plovers (and other shorebirds) at the water’s edge. After traveling all those thousand of miles, the birds need sustenance. They are at the shoreline to feed to regain their strength.

Dogs love to chase piping Plovers at the wrack line. Here the birds are establishing where to nest. Plovers are skittish at this stage of breeding and will depart the area when disturbed.

Dogs love to chase Piping Plover chicks, which not only terrifies the adult Plovers and distracts them from minding the babies, but the chicks are easily squished by a dog on the run.

Please keep dogs leashed when at the beach. Thank you!

Female Piping Plover

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Dave Rimmer, Greenbelt’s director of land stewardship, is giving a lecture about the Piping Plovers at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, April 27th, from 2:00 to 4pm. Preregister by email at: Andrew@ecga.org.

 

WINGED CREATURE NEWS AND QUESTIONS SUBMITTED BY READERS

We love hearing from our readers. Please feel free to ask questions about, and to share your photos of, Cape Ann’s beautiful wild creatures. GMG FOB Susan Larosa shared the extraordinary news that a Vermillion Flycatcher was spotted in Maine, the first recorded sighting EVER. Although they are known to wander, these birds are native to the southwestern region of the United States, and southward. Click on this link to continue reading the full story: The National Audubon Society says a web camera has captured the first confirmed sighting in Maine of a colorful species of bird typically seen in the southwestern part of the country.

Range map of the Vermillion Flycatcher–no where near New England!

Facebook Friend Linda shared the next two photos, wondering what bird? Linda, I think the photos are of the Greater Yellow Legs. Where was the photo taken (general area, you don’t have to be super specific) and approximately how big do you think it was, compared to other birds, for example. Greater and Lesser Yellow Legs are often confused. I have seen far more Lesser than Greater Yellow Legs on Cape Ann but the bill seems extra long, which would indicate a Greater Yellow Legs.

Range Map of Greater Yellow Legs showing it is a passing migrant through our region

MEDICAL UPDATE ON SAVOUR’S KATHLEEN’S DAUGHTER BROOKE UBER CAR CRASH

Kathleen writes,

For all of you who have been sending prayers and well wishes to me and my daughter Brooke, after her serious Uber driver car crash, I have an update. I am writing from beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona, as I was finally able to get out and see her. Some may remember that Logan Airport was closed when the accident occurred and I was not able to get out to see her and help out. She is on the mend, with a broken nose and considerable neck and back pain (to be expected), but she is in Physical Therapy and will have plastic surgery once all the swelling has subsided. Most important, we expect her to make a full recovery. It will just take time. I am back at Savour bright and early Tuesday morning.  I’ll see you there. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.

 

Papago Park (just outside Phoenix Airport)

BREAKING: CONGRATULATIONS TO BACKYARD GROWERS FOR THEIR BIG WIN!!!

Lara Lepionka, Backyard Growers executive director shares,

WE ARE THE $35K WINNERS!!!!!!!!!!!! And we won because of YOUR VOTING POWER!!!!!! A huge thank you to the b.good Family Foundation for giving us this opportunity (stay tuned for pics of us receiving our check next week), and thank you to Backyard Growers Program staff, service members, board members, partners, and supporters who worked on our voting campaign. WE DID IT. THANK YOU.

 

COYOTE ATTACKS DOGS

Note to Readers: Coyotes are guarding their dens at this time of year. Please keep dogs on leash at all times.

Photo credit: Sherman “Pat” Morss, Jr.

 

From the Concord Patch

By Lisa Redmond

CONCORD, MA – Chief Joseph O’Connor and the Concord Police Department would like to advise residents to be vigilant while at the Estabrook Road trail after several dogs were attacked by coyotes this week.

From April 18-20, Concord Police received multiple reports of coyote attacks on dogs in the area of Estabrook Woods.

Three separate incidents occurred where people, who had their dogs off-leash, encountered a coyote near the beginning of the trail on Estabrook Road.

Approximately 600 yards in and on the left hand side, reporting parties noted that their dogs approached what is believed to be a coyote den containing pups.

The dogs flushed the adult coyote, which then bit each of the dogs in their behinds and tracked the canines until they left the area.

The coyote is described as medium to large in size, approximately 60 to 80 pounds.

Concord’s Animal Control Officer has consulted with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, which stated the coyote is in its own habitat and people should stay away from the area.

The Concord Police Department advises that dog walkers avoid that section of Eastbrook Woods.

Late April through May is weaning season for coyote pups, which means protective adults will be on the alert.

To prevent coyote attacks in areas like Estabrook Road and at home, Concord Police recommend that residents follow safety tips from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife:

  • Leash pets at all times if outdoors. Small cats and dogs are seen as prey and larger dogs, competition.
  • Do not approach, feed, pet, or try to interact with coyotes.
  • Don’t hesitate to scare or threaten coyotes with loud noises or bright lights.

At home:

  • Cut back brushy edges, as these areas provide cover for coyotes and their prey.
  • Secure your garbage. Coyotes raid open trash materials and compost piles. Secure your garbage in tough plastic containers with tight-fitting lids and keep them in secure buildings when possible. Take out trash when the morning pick up is scheduled, not the previous night. Keep compost in secure, vented containers, and keep barbecue grills clean to reduce attractive odors.
  • Keep bird feeder areas clean. Use feeders designed to keep seed off the ground, as the seed attracts many small mammals coyotes prey upon. Remove feeders if coyotes are regularly seen around your yard.

PEARLY PINK MOURNING DOVE EGG

Working today from my home office and I was so delighted to hear the Mourning Doves cooing. There has been a great deal of dove activity on our porch lately, and a bunch of half-built nests. One sat on our mail table for the longest time this morning. Look what she left behind! I hope the pair of Mourning Doves returns to incubate the egg. Time to make a temporary mail bin 🙂

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