FANTASTIC PRESENTATION BY CRANE BEACH ECOLOGIST JEFF DENONCOUR AT THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM

Jeff Denoncour, the Trustees of Reservations Eastern Region Ecologist, gave an outstanding and informative presentation to a packed audience Saturday afternoon. Subjects included the formation and history of Crane Beach, marsh, and dunes; the seven uniquely different ecological zones; the many species of flora and fauna that comprise the rich biodiversity at Castle Island; and the Trustees protective measures managing rare and endangered species.

Since 2010, Jeff has managed the Trustees Shorebird Protection Program at Crane Beach. Because of the very excellent shorebird management at Crane Beach, 2018 was a banner year, with 42 pairs of nesting Piping Plovers and approximately one hundred PiPl chicks fledged. Our community can learn a great deal from the success at Crane Beach in how to better manage shorebirds migrating and nesting at Cape Ann beaches.

We learned from Jeff that Crane Beach is part of a string of barrier beaches formed from sediment deposited by the outflow of the Merricmack River. Salisbury Beach is at the northern end, then Plum Island, then Crane, with Coffins and Wingaersheek at the southern end. The sand that was deposited at Salisbury Beach is the coarsest; the sand at Wingaersheek the lightest and finest as it would have more easily flowed furthest away from the mouth of the river.

Excerpt from a previous post OUTSTANDING COASTAL WATERBIRD CONSERVATION COOPERATORS MEETING! talking about Jeff and the success of the Crane Beach Trustees Piping Plover

“Readers will be interested to know that our region’s Crane Beach continues to have one of their best year’s ever. Trustees of Reservations Jeff Denoncour shared information on the latest census data from 2018 and Crane Beach has a whopping 76 fledglings, with 25 more chicks still yet to fledge. Because of the huge success at Crane Beach, the northeast region, of which we are a part, has fledged a total 136 of chicks in 2018, compared to 108 in 2017, and as I said, with more fledglings still to come! The northeast region encompasses Salisbury Beach to the Boston Harbor Islands.

Jeff noted that this year they had less predation by Great Horned Owls. Because of owl predation, several years ago the Trustees gave up on the wire exclosures and now use electric fencing extensively. The Great Horned Owls learned that the Piping Plover adults were going in an out of the exclosures and began perching on the edge of the wire, picking off the adults as they were entering and exiting the exclosure.

Crane has an excellent crew of Trustees staff monitoring the Least Terns and Piping Plovers, as well as excellent enforcement by highly trained police officers. No dogs are allowed on Crane Beach during nesting season and dogs are prevented from entering at the guarded gate. As we saw from one of the graphics presented about nesting Double-crested Cormorants, when a dog runs through a nesting area, the adults leave the nest, temporarily leaving the eggs and chicks vulnerable to predation by crows, gulls, raptors, and owls.”

Jeff Denoncour and Courtney Richardson, Director of Education and Public Programs at the Cape Ann Museum

Martin Luther King Birthday

About twenty years ago, I was working at the graduate program at Wheelock College. We had a guest speaker coming in to talk to the students.  As I was making the plane and transportation reservations, looked  at her name her name was Professor Christine King Ferris.   As we talked on the phone she did tell me she was Martin Luther King, Jr. brother.  What an honor.  She was very kind and gave me a MLK calendar and a book and also signed the book.  I love the saying on the cover, A DAY ON… NOT A DAY OFF.

Flash Freeze stage | the Ice Storm cometh for the first winter storm 2019 #GloucesterMA

Do you have the same window treatment / view?! Flash Freeze sheets on any surface glazing commenced about noon on January 20, 2019, Gloucester, Mass.

 

 

 

It’s nasty out there. Safe wishes for those in need and all the helpers.

And #PowerforthePatriots…

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agencies power outage tracking MEMA map showed 541 outages at 11:40AM and has gone down and back up again –though not topping that number.

First winter storm of 2019 #GloucesterMA

Scenes from Gloucester, MA, January 20, 2019, about 6:30AM and 35 degrees.

Fisherman at the Wheel memorial, Stacy Boulevard,

 

Three hours till high tide and surf is not placid

 

tide rising good harbor beach first winter storm spotty snow drifts_20190120_© catherine ryan

 

Winter storm prep at the High School. It’s easy to see why it’s going to be icy

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main street west end city hall in distance_20190120_gloucester ma© catherine ryan

Snow if you can still get some is perfect for snow cream!

before the rain_snow was perfect for first snow cream of the season_20190120_© catherine ryan

 

 

Conomo Clamming

An article in a recent Gloucester Daily Times informed me that clam beds had recently opened back up on Conomo Point, Joe’s Creek, Jehu and America Bank and are expected to remain open until April conditions permitting. Since I had never seen clamming in action, we went out to Conomo Point to check it out.

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The Best in The Business @MattNBCBoston Led Off This Morning’s Simulcast On @NECN With My Photo From The Dock #GloucesterMA

Thanks To Steve LeBlanc and Heather Dagle For Sharing Some Screenshots-

O’Maley Guidance Parent Night – Social Media

Cape Ann Community

The O’Maley Innovation Middle School Guidance Counselors will host  “Social Media and the Impact on Student Success,” a Parent Night on Wednesday, January 30th at 6:30 in the O’Maley Library. All parents are invited and are encouraged to attend as this rapidly changing arena is affecting the social and emotional health of adolescents and impacting their academic experience. Some highlights of the presentation will include:

*Understanding the sites kids are on and how they’re using them

*Tips for parents to monitor yet respect privacy

*How to keep your child safe

*Understanding the social media laws

Refreshments will be provided and child care is available if needed (please request in advance).

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