To better understand how to help Gloucester’s Good Harbor Beach Piping Plovers survive nesting at our most well loved and highly trafficked beach I have been following a little Plover family at Revere Beach. 

Like Gloucester, Revere is a city north of Boston. Only ten square miles, with six miles of land, four miles of water, and a population of 52,000 people, Revere is a much more densely populated city than Gloucester. Gloucester’s year round population is 28,000, covering an area of 41 square miles, with 26 miles of land and 15 miles of water.

Revere Beach is the first public beach established in America (1895). Misperceptions about a needle and trash littered shoreline are deeply held but in reality, Revere Beach is a beautiful beach, beautifully maintained.

Each year Revere Beach hosts the International Sand Sculpting Festival, with amazing sculpting competitions, amusements, food, and fireworks. This year’s festival will be held on the weekend of July 20-July 22nd (photo courtesy wiki commons media).

Piping Plovers began arriving at Revere Beach at the same time the GHB PiPl arrived, in late-March and very early April. There are at least half a dozen nesting areas cordoned off for Piping Plovers. Revere has had excellent success with fledging Piping Plover chicks because the PiPl are allowed to establish nests early in the season, without disturbance. From decades of field work, it is known that the earlier the chicks hatch, the greater their chance of survival.

I stopped by to check on the Revere Beach PiPl family on a recent Sunday afternoon; it’s not that out of the way to make it part of my regular routine coming home from Cambridge and Boston jobs. And then stopped at Good Harbor Beach. The difference was astounding. There wasn’t any trash or dog poop on Revere Beach, and there wasn’t a dog anywhere along the five mile stretch of beach. There were however six dogs off leash at Good Harbor Beach within the twenty minutes that I was there to say hello to PiPl monitor Heather and to check on our PiPl parking lot family.

Perhaps you might not think a fair comparison; Revere Beach is much longer than GHB, and it is under the management of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation but I did not see a single DCR employee or officer policing Revere Beach that dog-and-trash-free Sunday afternoon.

Over the past several decades, communities throughout Massachusetts have been learning how to live with Piping Plovers. I am hopeful that the more we learn about the issues confronting the Piping Plovers, the Gloucester community will come together to take the steps to insure their safety and successful nesting. 

There are a great number of helpful signs at Revere Beach.

The triangular-shaped signs that are posted at the PiPl nesting areas are on the small side, only about 8 inches. 

Just like at Nahant Beach (above) many of the roped off areas at Revere Beach have three rows of roping.

At Revere Beach dogs are not allowed on the beach beginning April 1st. The rules are clearly posted at each and every entry to the beach. The signs and poles aren’t fancy and I imagine would be affordable and easy to obtain.

The Gabe and Gabby Family with their leashed dog on the boulevard, sitting next to a PiPl nesting area–no problem for this family to keep their dog off the beach during nesting season.

Plenty of trash barrels.

Some folks are under the false impression that the reason our GHB PiPl are nesting in the parking lot is because when they arrived it was cold and the parking lot hard pack is warm. Factually speaking, Piping Plovers arrived at beaches all along the Massachusetts coastline in mid-March and early April. As far as we know, the Good Harbor Beach PiPl are the Only Piping Plovers nesting in a parking lot.

Male Plover nesting at Revere Beach. The Revere Beach PiPl were creating their nest scrapes on the beach at exactly the same time our GHB PiPl were trying to establish a nest on the beach.

Just like our GHB PiPl family, it looks like there are four eggs in the Revere Beach nest!

Next time I stop to visit the Revere Beach PiPl family, I am going to have to bring home some Kelly’s roast beef sandwiches for dinner. I’ve heard the seafood is pretty good at Kelly’s, too!


Dear Friends of AVP,

AVP is excited to announce our production for 2018 will be The Little Mermaid. The show runs August 7-12, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Tickets will be available on our website, annisquamvillageplayers.com starting in early July.

Our 2018 newsletter is hot off the presses. In it, you’ll find out more about our upcoming production, auditions, our new scholarship program, a feature on longtime AVP set designer Chicki Hollett and plans for the purchase of a new sound system.

We’re looking forward to seeing you this summer!

The Annisquam Village Players

Make a tax-deductible DONATION TO AVP

Annisquam Village Players

Sherry’s Corner Cafe

It’s finally here!! ICE CREAM is opening on Thursday, May 17th, at 2 pm!

The winners of a free small ice cream are (tag them if you know them!):
Alexandra Legendre
Jackie Chudy
Lorie Soper
Pam Silva
David Hoag.

Please come over this week to receive your ice cream!

Sherry’s Corner Café
2 Lexington Avenue
Gloucester, Magnolia, MA 01930

Coming up at iartcolony

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IMG_7352.jpgJOHN TARRANT is the Founding Director of Pacific Zen Institute — an organization devoted to koans, the arts, and spirituality as a creative act. He has pioneered the development of koans as a method for understanding the mind in Western culture. John has a PhD in psychology, teaches physicians and executives at Duke Integrative Medicine, and for many years had a practice in Jungian psychotherapy. 
John Tarrant:  “I’m interested in Zen as a way that transforms the mind. There’s a dance between innovation and tradition, the way there is in English poetry… A koan is a doorway. Strangely enough these imaginative little poems and stories and dialogues open into something more real than the usual stories the mind makes up.”
In this talk:  “the artists as shaman” – John will talk about how “creativity comes from where the shaman goes…”
Tarrant:  “…Mountains, rivers & the great earth, the sun, the moon & the stars are no other than your own heart and mind…”

Jon Butcher joins Fly Amero this evening 7pm @ The Rhumb Line 5.16.2018

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, May 16th – 7pm
My Musical Guest: JON BUTCHER!

Grammy nominated Jon Butcher joins us this week at the
Rhumb Line, toting his rootsy, soulful bag of musical tricks.
Jon and I have a special chemistry when we meet onstage.
Surely this will be no different. Come along! Be a part! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……features Morgan! Dishes are better than ever before!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
5/23 – Julie Dougherty

5/30 – Honkytonk Women

6/6 – John Rockwell Hosts

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Rock for Wreaths

This looks like a great event to support an even greater cause.

May 20th 2:00-8:00, 6 bands, $10 at the door, Breakaway (the Old Village Green in Danvers).

We participated in Cape Ann’s Wreaths Across America event several months ago and it was a wonderful event.

Northshore Wreaths Across America is sponsoring Rock for Wreaths: Remember Heroes.


Take 2 on Cape Ann Weather’s Bright Future

I have been following Cape Ann Weather on Facebook for some time now as I have some to realize it is the most accurate forecast for eastern Essex County.  I met up with Chris at the Pleasant St. Tea Company to have a chat about his interest in the weather.


Cape Ann is Chris’ hometown and his fascination with weather is lifelong, but his interest piqued with the Blizzard of 78. It probably helped a great deal that his mother was also a “weather nut”.  He worked a number of years at Varian and was trained in web design after leaving there in 1999. He’s been reporting the weather since 1996, so he’s had many years to hone his skills and many interesting weather events along the way.  He shared a number of fascinating stories about the Perfect Storm and I’m sure yesterday’s weather provided him with hours of study for our benefit.

Chris spent some time lobstering and after the Perfect Storm, he led a fund raising effort to replace lost and damaged lobstering equipment for locals. He did so by sharing his photography. His photos were sold and the profits given to lobstermen.  In addition to photography, plane spotting is another hobby he shares with his followers. His Cape Ann Weather website is chock full of vital information and I encourage you to take a look.

Chris was very gracious in our conversation and I appreciate his time. I also appreciate the patience shown when this original post somehow published with only a title! My apologies as this did not do justice to the time and effort Cape Ann Weather has shown area residents, but I hope to meet again someday for further discussion. Have a great weather day!