Two Perfect Piping Plover Eggs!
After last week’s harrowingly warm weather, we lost all sight of the Piping Plover pair trying to establish a nest by the boardwalk #3 location. Thursday and Friday brought record temperatures of over 90 degrees, drawing unseasonably large crowds and literally, a ton of garbage, which was not only beyond disgusting, but in turn, attracted a plethora of seagulls and crows. Saturday, there was absolutely no sign of the Plovers, from one of end of Good Harbor to the other. Sunday, my husband Tom discovered a few tracks and Monday, I found a few as well, but nothing like we had seen earlier.
Thinking our Plover Pair were lost to us, lo and behold Tuesday morning I spied Papa Plover sitting in one location, for a very long time (half an hour is a long time for a plover to sit in one spot). Could there be an egg beneath Papa? Unfortunately, where Papa was sitting was on the edge of the roped off area, next to the party rock, with dog tracks only several inches away.
Dog tracks running through the roped off area and next to the Piping Plover nesting site.
I quickly called Dave Rimmer, director of land stewardship for Essex County Greenbelt. He came by immediately and confirmed yes, we have a nest!!!
An exclosure has been installed and the plover parents are adapting well to the protective wire frame.
The roping has been rearranged with the nest now in the center.
Last night’s show stopping sunset over Gloucester City Hall and skyline.
Scenes from Gloucester businesses joining in to share news about what’s ahead for the upcoming season.
Will share more announcements and party feedback later.
Big Mike’s Bikes is back
Cape Pond Ice was featured in Yankee Magazine. Scott Memhard adds: “our popular Historic Icehouse Tours here at Cape Pond Ice Company are off to a busy season start, with some local enthusiastic Tour Guides, offered Monday – Saturday @ 11 am & 2 pm. And our ART@the Icehouse gallery upstairs, featuring a number of local artists, opens Memorial Day weekend for our 2nd Season. If any area business Welcoming staff would like to come down and have a free tour, they are welcome, at no charge!”
Good morning all:
This Saturday’s cleanup for Memorial Day we will be cleaning Clark Cemetery/ First Burial on Centennial Avenue
When: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Time: 8:00 – 9:00
Where: Clark Cemetery First Burial on Centennial Avenue
Please if you have picker they are always helpful
Thank you all and take care
Swarms of fish (aprox. 4 inched long) found swimming along the Boulevard waters yesterday.
This morning we had only about 20 minutes of the most amazeballs purples and magenta’s I’ve seen in a while then POOF it was gone, only to be replaced by gray clouds and fog. You just never know what each morning will bring! (Good Harbor Beach)
Car, Truck, and Two Deer Accident
Fortunately both drivers of the two vehicles are uninjured and fine, if not a little shook up. Two White-tailed Deer were struck as they ran across Rt. 128, coming from the Lobsta Land marsh, heading toward the river. Judging from a quick glance, both deer appeared young. The Verizon truck driver and car driver did not sustain injuries, although there is extensive damage to their vehicles. So sorry this happened to them, but very glad they are a-okay.
Some of us had fun yesterday solving the mini-mystery of Did Josh Say “Yes” or did he leave his creative promposalist (sounds like it should be a word) hanging in the wind….just like her message on the overpass.
Well, thanks to the power of Facebook, we have an answer. YES.
Kudos to his prom date for catching all of our attention! We hope they have lots of laughs and create many lasting memories!
Thanks to Bridgette Matthews for capturing the new bridge message and for forwarding it to me so that we could update you all.
READ THE ORIGINAL POST HERE
Snapped this at Essex County Greenbelt’s Thompson Reservation in West Gloucester. Can you see who’s watching?
North Shore Kid
“Hey guys, I need your help. I have never done anything like this before and I am a little nervous, but I think there are a lot of good people out there that will help me if I ask. I am participating in the Walk For Victory on June 11th on Team Zebra for EDS. Over a year ago I was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a group of connective tissue disorders. The type I have, most people suffer from dislocations or partial dislocations of joints, which results in joint pain, muscle pain and nerve pain (all the pains really) among many other nasty symptoms. Any how, it can really be difficult to fake a smile some days when your knee cap wont stay on. You can read “my story” and donate by clicking the link below. This is one of those things where I can end up being pretty proud of something I did and the people who helped me get there.
The walk is put on by The Marfan Foundation. Marfan Syndrome is similar connective tissue disorder. ALL funds raised for Team Zebra will go DIRECTLY towards Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) research.
Why Zebra? People with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) often identify themselves as zebras. Medical students have been taught for decades that, “When you hear hoofbeats behind you, don’t expect to see a zebra.” In other words, look for the more common and usual, not the surprising, diagnosis.”
Gravestone Preservation Workshop
First Parish Burying Ground, Gloucester, MA
This 2-day workshop will provide basic information and skills for people who are interested in preserving historic gravestones and cemetery monuments. Each day will have an entirely different focus, and the content will not repeat. Participants are welcome to attend either or both days. The event is raising funds for the Christopher P Robinson International Preservation Trades Exchange Scholarship which will support preservationists who want to travel overseas to expand their skills and knowledge. June 16 and/or 17, 8-4. $85 for one day or $150 for both. Project of the National Park Service, sponsored by the Gloucester Cemetery Advisory Committee. Pre-registration required.
(Local contact: Carol Kelly 978 283 8644 or firstname.lastname@example.org) Thanks.
Mike Tarantino and Phil Curcuru
If you see these two at Good Harbor Beach, tell them thanks for the terrific job they did on the new handicap accessible boardwalk. Additionally, this morning, they were making needed repairs to the footbridge. Thanks so much to Phil and Mike and all of Gloucester’s DPW for getting Gloucester beaches ready and in tip-top shape for the coming Memorial Day weekend.