Pictured above are the beautiful mottled eggs of a different species of plover, the Killdeer. Notice how the Killdeer eggs look similar to the PiPl eggs, but are a deeper gray. Killdeers make their nest scrapes on the ground, just as do PiPl, but in gravel and soil, and the darker colored eggs are perfectly camouflaged amidst the sticks and stones. Piping Plover eggs are beautifully camouflaged when laid in sandy nest scrapes.

Stay tuned for wonderful news about our Good Harbor Beach Killdeer Family.

Piping Plover eggsKilldeer, Good Harbor Beach Gloucester


Good Harbor Beach looks pristine, with boardwalks recently repaired, beach cleaned and raked, snack bar opening, and helpful signs installed. A welcome sight this fine morning in May to see the crew setting in place the spiffy bright red life guard perches–a sure sign GHB summertime fun is just around the corner 🙂

Long Beach, Mass: storm damage unearths submerged grove of mystery roots

Does anybody know the age of the mangrove-like roots that began to surface back in 2012 aside Eagle Rock and the creek? The 2018 winter storm erosion exposed more of a grove line parallel to the seawall. I am curious about the seemingly fossilized piercings and how the landscape may have looked before the beach we walk today.

more photos in my GMG post from 2016: Shore nature challenge: what are these? Long Beach Easter Island

Long Beach Massachustts after winter 2018 storm damage- mangrove like roots surface©c ryan_20180523_134700InkedLong Beach Massachustts after winter 2018 storm damage- mangrove like roots unearthed - detail marked up©c ryan_20180523_134700



FLAG CREW adorning the Boulevard

Ringo Tarr was up “supervising” the Flag Crew early this morning as they adorned the Boulevard for Memorial Day weekend!  Thanks to all who keep this going each year and glad to see Ringo looking and feeling better!  If you’d like to purchase a flag for a veteran or make a donation you can stop down to Pauline’s Gifts at 512 Essex Ave, Gloucester.




Essex Shipbuilding Museum Event

This should be a sell-out event so sign on-board early for a fun night. It is a benefit for the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. FOR TICKETS: Visit the Museum’s secure website:
or call: (978) 768-7541 or email:
Tickets are $50.

Burnham’s Field clean-up this Saturday morning!

All are invited to the clean-up of Burnham’s Field this Saturday, May 26, at 8 a.m. Bring a rake or broom or just yourself – we’ll bring the yellow trash bags. Burnham’s Field is the largest green space and ball field in central Gloucester, right across Pleasant Street from St. Ann’s church.

Can you believe it’s our 5th annual clean-up? This was the Good Morning Gloucester post a few years back by Joey, the World’s Greatest Headline Writer: “Burnham’s Field Getting All Clean And Shit! Lend a Hand April 21st!

It’s fun to look back at how much Burnham’s Field has improved in the last seven years – the creation of the community gardens, the world-exclusive Good Morning Gloucester video profiles of the Burnham’s Field gardeners, the construction of the new playground and videos where I totally held the camera sideways instead of right-side up. Check out this bunch of Good Morning Gloucester posts about Burnham’s Field.

So come on down this Saturday morning for the Burnham’s Field clean-up. There’s parking in the lot at 4 Sargent Street – see you at 8 a.m!

spring clean up

911 circa 1917

This is a call box I found on the side of a house on East Main Street recently.  Clearly, it has been well cared for and is even painted that “public safety blue” to indicate its purpose. These were used to report emergencies in the days prior to widespread telephone availability in homes.

The Gamewell Company manufactured this signal or call box which were common to this area.  From the Hamden Fire Retirees website (I had to do a fair amount of searching for this information and ended up in Connecticut!):

The Gamewell Co. manufactured police and fire alarm communications equipment for municipalities.  The company was originally headquartered in New York City and then in Newton, Massachusetts.


The website further states: Gamewell municipal fire alarm systems are still utilized today, especially in the Boston area. I found that interesting given our proximity to Boston.

City Directories were available in the days before telephone books and gave citizens information about call box locations. This is from the 1917 Gloucester City Directory and you can see the box above, no. 14, was located at East Main, cor. Highland.

Call Boxes Gloucester 1917 Directory

Immediately following these locations, the City Directory provided the code for various signals across the city.  I’m afraid I would have had to refer to the directory each and every time since it seems complicated, but I can imagine schoolchildren knew exactly that they should listen for “nine blows”. I have not quite figured out the Imaginary Boxes, perhaps these were places telephones were available to send an alarm out for neighborhood distribution.

Imaginary Boxes Gloucester City Directory 19170001

I guess the various signals are not so different from today’s changing ring tones or text message alerts, but one hundred years later, we once again find ourselves living in a world where landlines are less likely to be found in homes.  Food for thought.

Wine Raffle at Temple Ahavat Achim!

Cape Ann Community



Temple Ahavat Achim is raffling off 2 wine cellars valued at over $720 each! Tickets are $20/each OR 6 for $100. Drawing will be held on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 and winners will be contacted.

To purchase your tickets, please go onlineOR contact Natalia at, (978) 281-0739.

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