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Red-winged Blackbird Kim SmithLast evening I was making audio recordings of marsh sounds for film projects and could not have picked a better night. Not only were the spring peepers loudly calling, the blackbirds were singing well past sundown. The resulting combination of bird songs and peepers created a veritable symphony.

Twilight music of the marsh – spring peepers and blackbirds❣

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Rick Roth writes,

“We had two really cool Snakes of New England and the World presentations for The Westborough Community Land Trust last Saturday.  Great crowd  over 300 people.  Fabulous job by our volunteers: Ian, Dawn, Becca, John and Colleen.  Snakes were well-behaved except for the African house snake which pooped on Becca.

We will have some fundraising activities this year, so get in touch and let me know you’d like to join the Fundraising Committee.  We will have a yard sale on Saturday May28th.  And Charlie Farren will be performing a benefit show for us of his acoustic music.  We’re still working out the details for that show, but its going to be fantastic.

Big Giant Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Annual Meeting-  Wednesday  March 9, 2016  6:30pm at The Get Outside Center, 186 Main St., Gloucester.  The public is invited.  This means you, especially if you’re hoping to volunteer or join a committee or something, but you don’t have to.  Please let us know if you plan to attend so we will can get the right amount of snacks.  Very important.

And… do you know of any vernal pools out there that need to be certified?  Or, even if you suspect its a vernal pool, but aren’t really sure.  Please let us know about it.  And let us know if you know who owns the property.
See you on Wednesday,  Rick

we only have one earth, save it”


Editor’s Note ~ Looking towards spring and the welcome sound of the Pinkletinks (spring peepers)!

Spring Peeper Pinkletink kimsmithdesigns 2009

Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Update

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

we only have one earth, save it

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