Dear Friends,

Please join me April 6th at 7pm at the Sawyer Free Library where I will be giving my Pollinator Garden program and screening several short films. This event is free and open to the public. I am looking forward to presenting this program at our wonderful Sawyer Free and hope to see you there!!

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird and zinnia Рornithophily is the pollination of flowering plants by birds. They carry off pollen on their heads and neck to the next flower they visit.

The newly eclosed Monarch is clinging to its chrysalis case. Within moments of emerging, the two-part Monarch proboscis must zip together to form a siphoning tube. If the two parts do not join, the butterfly will not be able to drink nectar. In this photo, you can see the proboscis is not yet fully zipped.

“Following the rhythm of the seasons, celebrated landscape designer Kim Smith presents a stunning slide show and lecture demonstrating how to create a welcoming haven for bees, birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Native plants and examples of organic and architectural features will be discussed based on their value to particular vertebrates and invertebrates.”


Monday morning there was a seal hauled out at Good Harbor and folks were taking selfies with the worn out little¬†feller. Here’s what do if you come upon a seal that appears to be stranded¬†on the beach.

DOS and DON’TS¬†of Interacting with Seals on the Beach

DO stay at least one hundred and fifty feet away from the seal.

DO observe (from a distance, with binoculars or camera lens) for any outward sign of injury, bleeding or net entanglement, for example. If the seal appears injured, call this number: 866-755-6622 at the Northeast Region Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding and Entanglement Hotline.

DON’T try to feed the seal.

DON’T try to cover up the seal with a blanket

DON’T pour water on the seal.

DON’T let your dog anywhere near the seal (dangerous for both animals).

DON’t try to help the seal back into the water.

DON’T take a selfie with the seal.

Harbor Seals are semi-aquatic and it is perfectly natural for a seal to beach themselves. Seals haul out all year round, and for a variety of reasons. They use rocks, reefs, and beaches. The seal may need to rest, for thermal regulation (to warm up), to molt, to give birth, to socialize with other seals, or are trying to escape danger, such as a shark. When you force the seal back into the water by getting too close and frightening the creature, before it is ready to return to the sea, you are potentially causing the seal a great deal of harm.

Good Harbor Beach police protective barrier that surrounded the seal.



Pet of the Week- Snickers

Snickers is what they call me here! I am a sweet and reserved fellow. I am an adult rescue from down south so everything up here is new from the taste of the water to the sound of your accents! I am an affectionate guy. I just like folks to go a bit slower when they come to visit me. It helps me feel more relaxed if things aren’t moving fast and hectic. I am nervous around cars so need more practice walking by them and climbing in and out of them, food rewards and patience go a real long way. The folks here think I am about 3 years old and I was lucky enough to travel here from the south, just so I could find my family! No one knows my whole history but the folks here believe I am a boxer mix. I am considered a special needs adoption because shortly after being rescued it was realized that I had heartworm. I was a good boy through my treatment and am ready to be adopted but the folks here want my new parents to be aware that they will need to restrict my exercise for a while so just leash walks for us and follow up with their own veterinarian to make sure my treatment was successful. I am looking for a family with children 12 years and older and who is ready for their next great love.

 So what do you say, are you willing to take a chance on me? To see all of the available dogs and cats at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website:


Concert Features Composers: Dvorak, Rossini & Saint-Saens &

World Renown Cellist Blaise Dejardin

 Cape Ann Symphony continues the orchestra’s 65th AnniversaryConcert Season on Sunday, March 26 at 2 pm with Romantic Masters featuring the richness, beauty and power of music from the Romantic Era and the CAS debut of Boston Symphony Orchestra cellist Blaise Dejardin at the CAS performance venue at Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium is handicapped accessible. The concert program features Rossini’s La Scala di Seta, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 and internationallyacclaimed cellist Blaise Dejardin performing the elegant Saint-Saens’Cello Concerto. Ticket prices for the Cape Ann Symphony RomanticMasters Concert are $40 for adults, $35 for senior citizens and $5 forYouth age 18 and under. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or visit

BSO Musicians
Photo: Marco Borggreve

Celebrating Small Business National ‘Be Heard’ Day

Cape Ann Wellness

Today is Small Business National ‚ÄėBe Heard‚Äô Day.¬†Join us in celebrating Cape Ann‚Äôs many small businesses and the¬†entrepreneurial spirit¬†that is¬†vital to America‚Äôs way of life. #NationalBeHeardDay.

GloucesterTEASE‚ĄĘ¬†is a new women-owned small business on¬†Cape Ann. On¬†National ‚ÄėBe Heard‚Äô Day we‚Äôre giving a ‚Äėshout out‚Äô to other businesses and residents of Cape Ann. We believe in the concept of ‚ÄėThink Globally/Act Locally.‚Äô With¬†that in mind we offer high quality apparel that is locally designed and manufactured (Made in the USA) with a global mission of offering messages to spread positivity,¬†optimism and peace.

We¬†also celebrate and promote the City of¬†Gloucester MA ‚Äď Which¬†We LOVE, and where we live, work and play.

‚ÄúTogether Everyone Achieves Something Extraordinary‚ĄĘ‚ÄĚ Our tag-line reflects the Community Spirit¬†found here on Cape Ann. From Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, to¬†the many charitable organizations (too many to name here!) and the many residents‚Ķ

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