THE WONDERFUL MIRACLE AND MESSINESS OF BIRTH – PIPING PLOVER CHICKS HATCHING PART ONE

As many of our readers know, this summer while finishing up with editing my Monarch film, I have also been continuing to document our Good Harbor Beach Piping Plovers. To make the best and most informed documentary, I have also been filming at other north of Boston beach locations. During our last heat wave, we posted about about how PiPl parents protect their eggs during extreme temperatures. The chicks that you see hatching in the photos are the same eggs that survived the heat wave! and are from a very, very special Piping Plover pair. More about these two parents in an upcoming post; for now I just have time to write about the chicks hatching.

Witnessing a beautiful family of Piping Plover chicks hatch is a day I won’t soon forget. Not only struck by the sheer beauty of it all, I was highly aware of the formidable challenges these valiant little birds face at every stage of development. Even hatching was messy and challenging.

On my way into work, I had been checking daily on the nest and knew the hatching day was soon approaching. Arriving at dawn on the twenty-fifth day from when the pair had begun brooding all three eggs, it was apparent and wonderfully exciting to see something was going on in the nest. Mom was on the nest and she was unusually active, moving around and adjusting the eggs repeatedly. She popped up for a split second and I could see an egg cracking. A miracle truly, that the eggs were viable, as it was so late in the season and the heat had been so extreme.

During hatching, the Mom (or Dad, whoever happens to be brooding the eggs at the time hatching begins) makes a canopy over the nest with their fluffed-out feathers. The nest is a mere depression in the sand, below eye level, so the only time you can see what is happening is when the parent leaves the nest. This only happens for the briefest of moments. A chick begins emerging and while it is still half in its eggshell, the nesting parent takes any parts of the broken eggshell in his/her mouth and runs, then flies further with it, dropping the eggshell far away from the nest. During those few brief seconds when the parent leaves to discard the eggshell, you can see what is taking place in the nest.

In the last three photos, the chick’s feathers are almost completely dry and fluffy.

Enthralled, I watched as two chicks hatched over an hour period, but then had to leave to be on site for a job installation that couldn’t wait. I hated to leave wondering, not knowing how the third chick would fare, and just prayed that it would still be light out when I stopped back on my way home from work that night.

Part two tomorrow.

PiPl Mom brooding eggs during heat wave.

Eggshell camouflaged amongst shells and sea bits

 

 

Special Performances by Jonah Littlesunday on Cape Ann

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Multiple opportunities to hear the spiritual, healing and soulful music of Jonah Littlesunday.

Offering live concerts for the first time in New England at multiple venues:

♥ August 16 at the Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, MA

♥ August 15 and 17 at the Manchester Community Center Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts

♥ August 18 the Saltonstall Mansion in Peabody MA

Discounted Advance Tickets are on Sale Now, while supplies last. Tickets can be purchased on-line at Eventbrite. For off-line tickets, contact Karen at 978.283.4258 or email: dreamtimewellness@gmail.com

Here is some of Jonah’s special interest story – 
  • In one interview – “Jonah Littlesunday uses his flute as a healing tool. He uses it to pray for children, elders, hospital patients and injured animals.”
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Closing Reception for Vanessa Michalak at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck

Closing Reception: Friday August 2, 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, 53 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, MA

Exhibition Dates: August 7 to September 2, 2019

Gallery Open: Sunday to Thursday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Friday to Saturday, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Due to heavy rain and thunder storms during Summer Artist, Vanessa Michalak’s Opening Reception, many people were unable to attend. The public now has a second chance to meet Vanessa at a closing reception on Friday, August 2, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck. Light refreshments will be served. Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, located at 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, is open daily from  10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Sunday through Thursday, and until 8:00 PM Friday and Saturday. For more information visit rockyneckartcolony.org/gallery-53-on-rocky-neck/ or call 978-282-0917. 

Vanessa Michalak explores ideas about escapism, adventure and humanity’s relationship with nature in her expressionistic paintings of Cape Ann, created in plein air. Inspired by local Cape Ann landscapes, Michalak’s figures move through forests forcing viewers to make their way through overgrown paths. Structures within the landscape allude to impermanence or interactions with the environment. By allowing herself to get a “little lost in the woods” she teeters on the edge between abstraction and representation, which she calls an “adventure on new paths”. Each painting becomes a unique journey that ultimately becomes, not only a reflection of her inner restlessness, but her longing to reconnect with nature while fulfilling her incessant investigation of the painting process.
A Maine native, Vanessa Michalak earned her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting in 2013. She was awarded the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Painting in 2014 and her work was included in New American Paintings issue #110. Her work has been included in several exhibitions including the MFA National Competition, juried by Asya Geisberg, First Street Gallery, New York, NY. She has also participated in numerous residencies, most notably, Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO and PLAYA, in Summer Lake, Oregon. In 2016 she was the emerging artist in residence at Penn State, Altoona for Spring semester. She currently lives and works in Gloucester, MA.
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Vanessa Michalak standing with her artwork at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck

Almost time for Cheers for the Pier

Saturday is almost here, hope to see everyone there.  Thank you all who donated.

Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 4 PM – 9 PM
Shore Road, Gloucester, MA  01930
Our Beloved pier is coming back to life so lets CELEBRATE! We are shutting down Shore Rd at the Landing and throwing a party! Bring the family, bring some cash, bring your party pants and let’s toast the Pier and rake in some $$ to help pay off the construction crews!
Lobster will be first come first served at 6pm, Burgers and dogs and corn available.
Cash Bar. Beer and wine only.
Kids Korner with activities for the youngins
Live auction at 7pm
50/50 raffle (must be present to win)
Local gift certificates raffle

You could work with Adam Sandler tonight| photo doubles needed

Do you know someone who looks like these actors?
Cape Ann Film shares Judith Bouley casting call– please look at portraits and share!
PAY $204/8 + OT (you will definitely get OT!)
YOU WILL WORK WITH ADAM SANDLER
WORKS TONIGHT – 7/31 – AT 6:15p – until APPROX 5am
SEND:  NAME, EMAIL, PHONE #, HEIGHT/WEIGHT TO:  judycasting@gmail.com
PUT IN SUBJECT LINE WHICH ROLE and YOUR NAME
LOTS of EMAILS are being sent without following these exact directions
and without including all info. requested. and without availability to WORK TONIGHT at 6:15pm and WORK ALL NIGHT

 

2019 Celebrate the Clean Harbor Swim #GloucesterMA is a two day festival this year!

 

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From the race press: save the date — it’s  a great, family friendly spectator sport event!

“CELEBRATE THE CLEAN HARBOR OPEN WATER SWIMMING FESTIVAL will be held  August 17 and 18, 2019.

Starting off  the festival will be the  Clean Harbor Kids Swim on Saturday, a 500 meter swim along the shore of Niles Beach for 8-12 year olds. Held since 2015, this is a wonderful way to introduce kids to the sport of Open Water Swimming.

Also on Saturday will be the 1.2 Mile Celebrate the Clean Harbor Swim

NEW EVENT

For 2019, we are continuing a second day to the event, creating the festival. We will be holding the  10 mile Clean Harbor Relay event on Sunday, August 18th. This event will be held on a 1.0 mile course, very similar to Saturday’s event.  We suggest teams of 5, and swimming through the rotation two times.  Your team may have more or less than 5 swimmers. We believe the more the merrier. There will be a 6.5 hour limit. This will be a fun atmosphere, so bring a beach chair/blanket, snacks, some sunscreen and shade, and have a great time hanging out on the beach between your swims with your closest swimming friends. “

Proceeds raised target Maritime Gloucester and Fishermen Wives Club

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ This weeks Special Guest: Allen Estes 7pm @The Rhumb Line 7.31.2019

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, July 31 – 7pm
My Musical Guest: ALLEN ESTES!
Fast at work on his much awaited CD, Allen Estes takes time
from a busy schedule to give us a taste of what he’s been up to musically these days.  He’s a master at his songwriting craft, and a joy to hear.  Look for an exquisite evening of music and entertainment.  ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…..features Morgan Forsythe!  Dishes are better than ever before!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Upcoming…
8/07 – Lisa Marie (w/Charlie O’Neal)
8/14 – Dan King
8/21 – Annette Dion
Looking forward…..to seeing you there 🙂

#thepowerof100+

More than 100 local women joined together to create the new giving circle 100 Women Who Care Cape Ann and donate $11,900 to Wellspring House’s Educational Resource Collaborative. All Cape Ann women are welcome to join us for our next quarterly meeting October 29. Learn more at www.100whocarecapeann.org .
From left, steering committee members Erin McKay, Diane Connolly, Marilyn Short, Lisa Robinson and Jane Remson (far right) present a big check to Melissa Dimond (second from right), Executive Director Of Wellspring House. Photo by Julia Bishop. Thanks to the Gloucester House for donating the room.

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The Hawks Are Growing Up

As you might recall, we watched 3 baby hawks in a nest in our backyard here in Gloucester. They have since fledged and begun exploring their world as juveniles. I believe these are the hawks we see and hear nearly everyday out ver the marshy area behind our house. I have become quite attached to them as I watch them develop. They appear for me nearly every time I take my walk and I’ve begun to wonder if they are meant to be my “spirit animals”. So far, I have only verified 2 of the three together and I’ve started calling them Luke and Leia. I thought you might like to see how they have grown.

Both are seen here together

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4Ever Fab to play at Gentile Bandstand

Beatles Tribute band, 4Ever Fab, appears in concert on Sunday, August 11, 2019, at 7pm at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA. This outstanding band returns to the bandstand with a terrific and genuine Beatles sound. This show features spot-on renditions of your classic Beatles favorites.

This concert is sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank, who will provide free ice cream treats to the audience. The concert is free to the public. Parking is free and the venue and rest rooms are wheelchair-accessible. Bring a blanket or chair and perhaps a picnic dinner. The rain date is Tuesday, August 14, 7pm. For further information please visit DavidLBenjamin.com or call 978-281-2286

Gratitude ~

Cape Ann Wellness

Know Gratitude…Know Peace

Let’s have some fun today – leave a comment and tag a friend or two or three that you are grateful for.

Small steps together and we can make a difference.

“Blockage is disease/Flow is health”😊

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