Fog or sun, the beach is always the place to be.
Biomedical Breakthrough is win-win for shorebirds and horseshoe crabs: Deborah Cramer of The Narrow Edge spreads the word
“Jay Bolden, a senior biologist with pharma giant Eli Lilly, has spent the last five years proving a synthetic molecule works as well as horseshoe crab blood in a life-saving medical test…It took a dedicated birder to convince pharma giant Eli Lilly to use a synthetic compound instead of horseshoe crab blood in a mandatory medical test. Now, he hopes the rest of industry will follow…” – from National Audubon article published this March 11 2018 Inside the Biomedical Revolution to Save Horseshoe Crabs and the Shorebirds That Need Them, by Deborah Cramer with photographs by Timothy Fadek
Cramer explained that Ryan Phelan, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Revive and Restore contacted her “to see how this organization might help accelerate institutional and government exploration, acceptance of the synthetic endotoxin test to replace the use of horseshoe crabs…In the book, I’d portrayed how essential the energy rich horseshoe crab eggs are to shorebird migration, and how their numbers decline when they leave for the Arctic, hungry. I’d described how every human family, and their pets, depend on the horseshoe crab blood test to detect potentially life-threatening endotoxin in vaccines, joint replacements, PET scans, heart stents, IV lines, etc. And went on to tell the story of the development of the genetically engineered substitute, and the– at the time decade long–that had elapsed without it being accepted or adopted by regulators or the pharmaceutical industry.”
Revive and Restore’s announcement in the NJ Audubon news this week has more information about these dedicated scientists and exciting news. Deborah Cramer is too modest to spell it out, so I will. Revive and Restore was inspired in part by Cramer’s book, The Narrow Edge, an award-winning read that’s smart and lyrical, and an environmental game changer. Have you read it yet?
Here was a substitute test that could leave hundreds of thousands of horseshoe crabs in the water every year, no one was using it.
The Narrow Edge reveals more unexpected alliances and consequences. Readers learn that hunters have done much to protect wildlife at the edge of the sea through the tax on guns and ammunition. The Federal Duck Stamp that’s required on hunting licenses provides millions of dollars to support national wildlife refuges (and supports contemporary fine art). Memberships to organizations like National Audubon and donations from wildlife fans, photographers, and birders make a difference.
Cramer had to be trained how to handle a gun for necessary wild and remote travel research. Gloucester, Cape Ann and North Shore readers: she took the course for her license to carry at Cape Ann Sportsman Club found along Dogtown’s edge where it’s been for over a century. (I’m not certain how Cramer rated there, but a president’s daughter was a good shot. In 1912, Helen Taft, qualified as an “Expert with a Rifle” when she visited the range with her Gloucester friend, Elizbeth Hammond.)
prior gmg post, June 2016– Piping Plover Fans: Local author Deborah Cramer on sandpipers is a must read. Oh, and dogs vs.
To learn more about Deborah Cramer, go to www.deborahcramer.com
Continue reading “Deborah Cramer’s book The Narrow Edge galvanizes action to push biomedical rescue for horseshoe crabs and red knots! Revive and Restore convenes Eli Lilly to announce environmental breakthrough”
Gloucester Public School 10th Annual citywide arts festival held at City Hall, Sawyer Free and Cape Ann Museum May 12, 2018. Thanks to the fantastic teachers, all the parent and community volunteers that pull this beautiful event together, and the special host venues. The Arts Festival is strongly supported by the Gloucester Education Foundation.
A full program of performance and music is underway as well.
O’Maley & GHS students at City Hall | elementary schools at Cape Ann Museum | Gloucester High and elementary school at Sawyer Free
Here are some scenes from City Hall starting with linocuts created by the first 8th grade printmaking classes to use the historic Acorn press on temporary loan from generous supporters of the Manship estate and thanks to Mayor Romeo Theken and O’Maley’s art teacher Brett Dunton. The invited special guest instructor was Mary Rhinelander.
Fantastic display from Gloucester High School cabinet design and innovation– Celebrating 50 years!
More children’s art from O’Maley classes displayed at City Hall
Red, White & Blue Sip ‘n’ Shop and benefit
Local vendors showcased a variety of wares –including patriotic items, fine art, original designs, artisan crafts, and services– and for a good cause: raising awareness for Cape Ann Veterans Services Welcome Home Initiative. This award winning model program helps local veterans adjust to life back home. The event was hosted by the Elks, The Bridge and Pauline’s Gifts. Partipating vendors included
- Haley Allision, Bare Cheek Beauty
- Ariana Barron, Lampshades & stickers
- Kate Bresnahan, graphic illustrations
- Pauline Bresnahan, Pauline’s Gifts
- Joie Busby, Joie Art
- Johanne Cassia – Olde Ipswich Shop & Gallery
- Vionette Vee Chipperini, Victory by Design, flowers, bags, t-shirts
- Nicole Dahlmer, Nicole M. Dahlmer Photography
- Kathy Guardino Fernandes, photography
- Dave Fernandes, photography
- Meghan Frontiero, Style Street Boutique
- Lisa Bella-harvey, Bella & Harvey sweets
- Nicole Johnson, custom handbags
- Lara Snackzilla Jardullo, hair pieces and headbands
- Bethany Hurst, Bethany Hurst Photography and whale drawings for t-shirts
- Brooke MacComisky Sanidas, Avon Rising Stars
- Jodie Malatzky – Tupperware US & Canada
- Jayne Morse, Gloucester Mass. Elks Lodge #892
- Phil Peterson, License Plate & American Flag art
- Karen Pischke, GloucesterTEASE
- Fran Simon, Simply Simon Soap & Skin Care
- Melissa Tarr, Design of Mine
- Kathryn Roberts Wall, BankGloucester
So nice to see that the docks are slowly coming to life…my views from dinner at the Studio last night with my first sighting of the Ardelle this spring!