Late yesterday afternoon, our Piping Plover volunteer monitor Heather Hall identified a new addition to the three Piping Plovers currently residing at Good harbor Beach. She observed that he was super hungry and that he was wearing not one, but two identifying bands! The green band is located on his upper left leg and is etched in white with the letters ETM. On his upper right leg is a nondescript aluminum band most likely placed there by USFW.

The little guy was tagged on October 7th of this past year at Cumberland Island, Georgia, by the Virginia Tech Shorebird Program. He is a first hatch year, which means he is not quite yet a year old. ETM was spotted several more times at Cumberland Island indicating that he spent the winter there.

Cumberland Island is a barrier island and is the largest and most furthest south of the “Sea Islands” of the southeastern United States. You may have heard of Sea Island cotton, a very luxurious type of cotton. The fibers of the cotton that are planted on the Sea Islands grow extra long. In spinning and weaving cotton, the longer the fibers, the smoother and more luxurious the cotton feels. The word long-staple is used to describe very fine cotton threads.

Cumberland Island National Seashore sounds like a stunning and fascinating place to visit and I hope to do just that someday soon 🙂

To learn more about the Virginia Tech Shorebird Program:

The Virginia Tech Shorebird Program is a consortium of conservation biologists in the Virginia Tech Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation. Although our biologists have a variety of interests, we share a common goal of conservation of coastal wildlife resources through transformational research. We work closely with managers and stakeholders to provide research that is timely and pertinent to management. The VT Shorebird Program began in 1985 with a study of piping plovers on the coasts of Virginia and Maryland. Since that time, our biologists have worked up and down the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, along the shores of prairie rivers and lakes, and internationally in the Bahamas, Canada, and China, promoting the conservation of seabirds and shorebirds through research. We have worked with a variety of species, including piping plovers, least terns, snowy plovers, killdeer, spotted sandpipers, red knots, common terns, gull-billed terns, roseate terns, and black skimmers in an effort to conserve our coastlines and the animals that depend on it. Read More Here

And here’s more from Audubon –

Cumberland Island is Georgia’s largest and southernmost barrier island. It is also one of the oldest barrier islands in Georgia, with rich soils capable of supporting a diversity of plants. It is bordered by the Cumberland River, Cumberland Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean. Three main natural communities are found on the island: extensive salt marshes on the western side comprise almost 17,000 acres; an ancient, mid-island maritime forest of live oak, pine, cedar and saw palmetto covers 15,100 acres; and a narrow strip of dune/beach stretches along the Atlantic Ocean side of the island. Parts of the island have regenerated from use as plantations, when clear-cutting for sea island cotton farming and timber harvests for ship building were profitable. It has several noteworthy features, including 50 miles of shoreline, freshwater marshes and ponds, high bluffs, interdune meadows, tidal mudflats and creeks, and a large, freshwater lake. It is accessible only by ferry, a concession arrangement with the national park service.

Ornithological Summary

As a United Nations-sanctioned International Biosphere Reserve, the wilderness on Cumberland Island protects many threatened and endangered species, including six species of migratory and shore birds and four species of sea turtles. It is clearly a place of global significance.

Cumberland Island is a major stopping point on the transatlantic migratory flyway, with over 335 species of birds recorded. Threatened and endangered species include Least Tern, Wilson’s Plover, and American Oystercatcher. The southernmost point of the island, known as Pelican Banks, is a favorite place for Black Skimmers, oystercatchers, pelicans, and numerous ducks and shore birds. The fresh water ponds provide excellent rookeries for Wood storks, white ibis, herons and egrets. In the forest canopy, warblers, buntings, wrens and woodpeckers abound. On the shores, osprey, peregrine falcons, and the occasional Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle can be seen. CI is a breeding site for endangered/threatened/high priority species such as Wood Stork, GAEA, Least Tern, Painted Bunting. Extensive, regular use by migrants and winter residents (warblers, shorebirds, PE, FA). The habitat is largely undisturbed and the island is one of GA’s largest. Area attracts several rare/accidental species (LBCU, GLGU, WEK). Northern edge for some species (i.e., WIPE winters) = seasonal use and range. Contains steadily increasing population of TUTI (uncommon to rare on many barrier islands). AMWP (winter and a few summer), REEG, etc.

Black Rail, Piping Plover, Saltmarsh sharp-tail Sparrow, Nelson’s sharp-tail Sparrow, Painted Bunting, Cerulean Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Red-cockcaded Woodpecker (Source: Shelia Willis checklist) Read More Here

Wednesdays at The Rhumb Line ~ This week Chick Marston hosts with special guests: Jay and Laurie Keefe of Old Cold Tater. 7pm 4.17.2019

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, April 17 – 7pm

Your Guest Host: CHICK MARSTON!











I’m off on the road again with Orleans. This time, it’s Park City,
Utah. Can’t find a full-strength drink anywhere NEAR the place.
But… y’know where you can? The Rhumb Line, that’s where!
The great Chick Marston will be hosting and doin’ his thing while
the taps flow freely. His guests will be Jay & Laurie Keefe, just
back from St. John for the season. Drop in and give ’em a
cheer – and have a pint of it while you’re at it! ~ 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!
Coming soon…
Bill Gleason

Honkytonk Women

Jon Butcher

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

Aspen Dental #GloucesterMA open

View back to Market Basket, April 2019. Heading into its third month, Aspen Dental, 501 Gloucester Crossing, Gloucester, Mass, openend January 31.

“we welcome all mouths”

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Today! Sawyer Free Library new building update public meeting 1-3pm

spring view across  to Sawyer Monell _20180505_© c ryan.jpgGloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library Building Committee Meetings– new building discussions (last month’s meeting was cancelled)

Note- date and time can and does change

TODAY April 17 1-3 Building Committee Meeting to review concept plan

May 15 1-3 Building Committee Meeting to review estimate and determine recommendation for Trustees to move forward on, add/reno, or build new



Backyard Birds

Well, they aren’t plovers of any sort, but I was quite delighted to see the egrets return to our backyard marsh this week. I’ve been in New York, where we have a fair share of variety in our backyard wildlife, but it doesn’t bring the same joy to my heart that the Gloucester backyard birds bring.

This guy seems to be looking right at me, as if daring me to take the picture.


In addition to cardinal red, it’s a sure sign of spring to see a nice bright yellow. Easy to spot.


And also, my friends the egrets feasting in the recently flooded marsh.




Spring Lecture Series continues at Maritime Gloucester this Thursday April 18 at 7pm

Cape Ann Community

Come hear an inspirational tale for all ages, “Rowing and Ocean: 4000 miles, 39 foot boat, 59 years old”

The second installment of our lecture series brings Suzanne Pinto to the stage with her incredible story. With a team of relatively new rowers, Suzanne became the oldest woman to row across an ocean. Her story is one of stamina, perseverance, and forging a respect for the sea. Open to MG members and the community. Register here http://maritimegloucester.org/visit/events

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Open Mic 5/6/19

Cape Ann Community

The Gloucester Writers Center hosts an Open Mic on the first Monday of (almost) every month.

Each presenter gets 5 minutes.

Bring your words. Get Heard.

At the Gloucester Writers Center, our mission is to celebrate and preserve Gloucester’s literary history, and to share that literary spirit with all in our future. We work to ensure that every voice can explore, develop, and be heard through dialogue, the literary arts, and the artistic process.

For more information on the Gloucester Writers Center and our upcoming events, workshops, and classes, check us out on Facebook, YouTube, @writers_center on Twitter, @gloucesterwriterscenter on Instagram and Tumblr, find our podcasts on iTunes, or head to our website: www.GloucesterWriters.org.

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Ayurvedic Massage ~

Cape Ann Wellness

Let Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC help you eliminate toxins with The Secrets of Ayurvedic Massage.

An ayurvedic massage helps eliminate toxins through purification, strengthens the muscle tone, relaxes and rejuvenates the body. Also known as hard body massage, Ayurvedic massages are given using hands, elbows, and forearms.

Ayurvedic massage involving tapping, kneading, squeezing and traditional massage strokes is done by using essential oils to suit individual doshas. The style and intensity of massage depends on the individual’s need for balance and well being at the time.

An Ayurvedic therapist focuses on the “marma points”, which are similar to the pressure points in reflexology, acupuncture and acupressure.

Set up your appointment today with Lynn:
info@ayurvedawellnesshealing.com or 978-852-0923

“Blockage is disease/Flow is health”😊




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Acoustic Music Night Featuring Headlands at Feather and Wedge! Thursday, April 18


Headlands, featuring John Rockwell, Amy Rich and Eric Wilson, all of Rockport, return to Feather & Wedge this Thursday for an evening of entertainment and great food. Their set list includes selections from Roots and Americana to a little bit of Country. Reservations highly suggested! 978.999.5917

Thursday, April 18
7:30 PM 10:00 PM

headlands at feather and wedge

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