Avery from the Tufts Wildlife Clinic at the Cummings Veterinary Medical Center phoned this morning to let us know that our Piping Plover chick passed away in the night. Although he was showing some positive signs yesterday, after a traumatic brain injury such as his, bleeding on the brain and other complications can occur. Know that he was well cared for by the incredible team at Tufts and that they did their very utmost best to save him.
I spoke with Avery about what would have happened had he survived. Little chick would have been re-habituated with other Piping Plovers. As Piping Plovers are a protected species, U.S. Fish and Wildlife dictate where his recovery were to take place.
Although it was very unusual for the clinic to have a Piping Plover, they have helped even smaller animals recover from injury. Most recently, a wounded hummingbird in their care was healed and released back in the wild.
Thank you to everyone for your kind concern.
Thank you to Jodi Swenson from Cape Ann Wildlife for meeting us at the beach at nine in the evening and caring for our little injured chick until the following morning when Catherine, George, and Charles delivered him to Tufts veterinary school. We should all thank our volunteers, Catherine, Caroline Haines, Hazel Hewitt, George King, Charles King, Paul Korn, Cliff King, Chris Martin, Diana Peck, Lucy Merrill-Hills, Cristina Hildebrand, Carol Ferrant, Jeanine Harris, Ruth Peron, Karen Shah, Annie Spike, and conservation agent Ken Whittaker for their diligent and continued monitoring of our two remaining chicks.
Please let’s everyone be mindful of the chicks afoot, help keep the beach clean, and please, please dog owners, please leave your sweet pooches off Good Harbor Beach. Thank you.
If you find orphaned or injured wildlife, the clinic has pages to guide you in appropriate procedures for birds, squirrels, mammals, and more, as well as a list of links to wildlife organizations. Go here for more information: Useful Links from the Tufts Wildlife Clinic
Summer arts and culture activities are in full swing!
This year for the first time, the annual Garden Tour on Friday and Saturday will include artists painting en plein air, including Rockport gallery owners Dan DeLouise, Kathleen Miller, Heidi Zander, John Caggiano, and others. You can see and purchase their work at a reception on Saturday from 4-8:30 p.m. at the Community House, 58 Broadway. Tickets for the Garden Tour may be purchased at Toad Hall.
The Library’s “Meet the Author” series also begins this week with Hallie Ephron. Children’s activities abound at the library as well. For more information about library events, click here.
Enjoy these glorious days!
Very successful Magnolia garden tour
Remember Monday Magnolia’s Farmers Market will be held from 5:00 – 7:00. Hope to see all there.
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“On this day in 1856, 200 women, some of them wielding hatchets and ranging in age from 37 to 75, rampaged through the town of Rockport destroying every container of alcohol they could find. One eyewitness recorded in his journal: “There has been exciting times a-going on here today.” Weeks of planning preceded the five-hour raid. When it was over, the women had spilled hundreds of gallons of liquor. Over the next decade, alcohol sales in the town steadily declined. Rockport became one of several dozen Massachusetts towns where one could not buy liquor. Not until April 2005 would residents vote to permit inns, hotels, and restaurants to serve alcohol with meals. Twelve towns in the Commonwealth are still dry today, down from 17 in 2004.”
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NEW – ‘Thank Cod for Little Fishermen’ youth tee-shirts NOW AVAILABLEin Ash Grey AND ‘Thinking of Home’ Azalea Pink with Gloucester High School Fishermen Maroon Lettering. Whether home in Gloucester or far away, here’s the perfect gift to remind you of Gloucester.
Gloucester and Cape Ann are the perfect place for Summer ‘R & R.’ With tourists drawn to the unspoiled beauty, snowbirds and displaced residents returning home, Gloucester’s population of nearly 30,000 soars in the summer months. Why Come to Gloucester …?
‘Just for the Halibut!’ 😉 and more importantly … for the FUN of it!!
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I’m sure this bear won’t eat us…