Male Piping Plover

The sweetest and tiniest of shorebirds has been spotted at several of our local beaches, including Wingaersheek and Good Harbor Beach. They have also been seen at Plum Island, as well as other Massachusetts barrier beaches, for several weeks. The Plovers have traveled many thousands of miles to reach our shores and are both weary from traveling and eager to establish nesting sites.

What can you do to help the Piping Plovers? Here are four simple things we can all do to protect the Plovers.

  1. Don’t leave behind or bury trash or food on the beach. All garbage attracts predators such as crows, seagulls, foxes, and coyotes, and all four of these creatures EAT plover eggs and chicks.
  2. Do not linger near the Piping Plovers or their nests. Activity around the Plovers also attracts gulls and crows.
  3. Respect the fenced off areas that are created to protect the Plovers.
  4. If pets are permitted, keep dogs leashed.


The last is the most difficult for folks to understand. Dogs threaten Piping Plovers in many ways and at every stage of their life cycle during breeding season, even the most adorable and well-behaved of pooches.

Dogs love to chase Piping Plovers (and other shorebirds) at the water’s edge. After traveling all those thousand of miles, the birds need sustenance. They are at the shoreline to feed to regain their strength.

Dogs love to chase piping Plovers at the wrack line. Here the birds are establishing where to nest. Plovers are skittish at this stage of breeding and will depart the area when disturbed.

Dogs love to chase Piping Plover chicks, which not only terrifies the adult Plovers and distracts them from minding the babies, but the chicks are easily squished by a dog on the run.

Please keep dogs leashed when at the beach. Thank you!

Female Piping Plover

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Dave Rimmer, Greenbelt’s director of land stewardship, is giving a lecture about the Piping Plovers at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday, April 27th, from 2:00 to 4pm. Preregister by email at: Andrew@ecga.org.


Puppies and Poetry at Sawyer Free and Poetry without Paper deadline

National Poetry Month at Sawyer Free included this past Saturday’s super cute puppies and poetry program with  Cape Ann Animal Aid 

Poetry without Paper contest is open and National Poem in Pocket Day is April 27.

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Portland Maine adventures

Spent the weekend at a Photo Workshop with the guys at New England Photo Workshops doing some Black and White photography in Portland, ME.   Got to spend some quality time with my youngest chick Melodey while she gets her feet wet in photography and have myself some one on one time with my camera.   Portland is a great area and even though Saturday was a tough day to be outside, let alone with your camera gear… bad weather does make for some good black and white photos!  If you are new to your camera or just want to visit some new locations with other photography fanatics, Bob Ring and Don Toothaker at New England Photo Workshops are a couple of great guys who are really enthusiastic and passionate about what they do and are great about sharing their vast knowledge.  Check out their website  for their workshop schedule and follow them on facebook!

Saltwater Massage Studio is Hiring!

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Looking for a job you love?

We are hiring 1-2 studio assistants, days are negotiable, hours 10-4. Every day will be different and you could be doing anything from answering the phone, cleaning, working on retail displays, organizing the storage closet, helping with social media content, folding laundry, assisting with marketing projects, to sitting and drinking tea with me while I brainstorm my next idea… It’s going to be fun. It’s going to feel laid back. But to get the job, you must be obsessed with organization, hate dusty surfaces, love people, be warm, have a sense of humor, have an interest in health & wellness, and be organized about your personal schedule. This is a team environment and there is no room for ego. We like each other and we work together to make it a fun, healthy place to work. Interested? Email gretchen@saltwatermassage.com

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My Kind of Place

We were psyched to discover that our hotel in Hilton Head had, in addition to the pools, beach, volleyball, etc., some pretty sweet outdoor entertainment in the form of porch and yard games.  The boys rolled the giant wooden dice, played Connect Four, Chess, Checkers, and Ping Pong. Likewise, one of the restaurants that we stumbled upon in Key Largo had a great set up off to the side with fire pits, Corn Hole, giant Jenga, Ring Toss, and more.  It was lots of fun to sit outside at night and listen to the live music at the Tiki Bar and outdoor restaurant while the boys happily played those games.

Those are totally my kind of places and, while we have some of that type of thing around here, I’d like to see more of it.

sports clinic hosted by Salem State University

Cape Ann Community

Cape Ann Local Program of Special Olympics Massachusetts athletes participated in sports clinic hosted by Salem State University student-athletes and the Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference. The clinic today has helped further special Olympics mission, by improving self-esteem, fostering acceptance and creating new friendships among its participants.

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Spring Renewal Cleanse ~

Cape Ann Wellness

Join Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLCfor our Spring Renewal Cleanse – if not now, when? We ship anywhere – so no excuses.

An Ayurvedic cleanse focuses on resetting the digestive fire, allowing it to rest and strengthen. The detoxifying nature also supports the body’s own natural mechanisms to remove built up toxins from the body.

Ayurveda Wellness Healing’s
Ayurvedic 7 -Day Guided Spring Cleanse

Spring Cleanse Date: April 30 – May 6
(if dates are not convient we can work around your schedule)

Kick-off conference call – Sunday, April 23 @ 8pm EST
Register for the call in number
Kick-off in person meeting – April 24 @ 7pm
Meeting location: 25C Lexington Ave., 2nd Flr., Magnolia, MA 01930

Cleanse supplements, 6 meals, tea, recipes, shopping list and email support.

Investment: $108

“Blockage is disease/Flow is health”

info@ayurvedawellnesshealing.com or


Healing blessings in health…
Kim, Lynn and Wyndee

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