FINAL EPISODE- SNOWY OWL RETURNS TO THE ARCTIC

Hello Friends,

Thank you to everyone for your very kind comments for this series. It has been a joy creating for such an enthusiastic audience ❤

Thank you to Jennifer Davis and her adorable daughters Ellie and Isla. They stopped by one morning to see if they could find Snowy Owl. The girls and Mom were being so good at watching her from a safe distance. I asked Jenny if she minded if I took a photo and some footage, too. Jenny very graciously said yes!

Some good news-

In the two years that have passed since our Snowy visited Cape Ann’s Back Shore, all of Boston’s North Shore has not seen the same tremendous numbers of that winter of 2018. I read though on ProjectSNOWstorm’s website of the possibility of an exciting upcoming winter of 2020-2021 because there has been a good population of lemmings in the eastern portions of the Snowies breeding grounds. Let’s hope for more visits by beautiful Snowies ❤

A Snowy Owl Comes to Cape Ann was created for the kids in the Cape Ann community during this at-home school time. Please share with young people you know who may be interested.

Thank you again for watching!

To see all five episodes together, please go to the Snowy Owl Film Project page on my website.

Again, thank you to Scott Weidensaul from ProjectSNOWstorm for script advice.

 

A Snowy Owl Comes to Cape Ann
Part Five: Snowy Owl Returns to the Arctic

Friends of Snowy Owl wondered how long she would stay before heading north on her return migration to the Arctic. Typically, Snowies leave New England by March or April, but some have stayed as late as July.

Why do people find Snowy Owls so captivating?

Owls symbolize wisdom and intelligence, and the characters they are given in popular culture and literature strengthen our associations.

We are provided a wonderful window into the world of owls through Snowies because they are crepuscular creatures, which means they are most active at dawn and at dusk.

There are only about 30,000 Snowy Owls in the wild. No one knows if their numbers are stable or decreasing.

Snowies face many threats, especially when they come south to us, including vehicles, planes, and toxic chemicals.

Research analysis shows that most carry some degree of rat poison, pesticides, and/or mercury in their bodies.

We can all be conscientious stewards of Snowies by not using poisonous chemicals and by keeping a safe distance when observing.

In early March, Snowy Owl began to appear restless. Migration is the most dangerous period in an owl’s life, but hormonal changes triggered by longer days were urging her northward.

Snowy Owl survived the fierce winds and waves of powerful nor’easters along with constant heckling by gulls and crows.

She ate well during her winter stay on Cape Ann.

Snowy Owl was strong and healthy when she departed, increasing the likelihood of a safe journey and return to her breeding habitat of Arctic tundra and grasslands.

Safe travels beautiful Snowy!

ROCKPORT EXCHANGE VIRTUAL FARMER’S MARKET IS OPEN – HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

VIRTUAL ROCKPORT FARMERS MARKET — PICK UP SATURDAY, APRIL 25

Welcome to our first Virtual Rockport Farmers Market!
Orders maybe placed starting Sunday, April 19, and the store will close Thursday, April 23, at 4 p.m. (**Orders from Dancing Daisy Bakers will close WEDNESDAY.) Orders will be picked up during a designated time window on Saturday, April 25, at Seaview Farm in Rockport. You will receive your pick-up time window via email on Friday, April 24.
All sales must be prepaid.
Thank you!

Vendor Include:

@seaviewfarmandfarmstand @brothersbrewcoffeeshop @dancingdaisybakers
@breakwaterroasters @sandybaysoaps @banginbutter @halvahheaven

CLICK HERE TO ORDER

GLOUCESTER FISHERMAN’S WHARF AND MINGLEWOOD ADDED 2 NEW PHONE LINES TO THEIR CURBISDE PICKUP AND THEY ARE OPEN TODAY!

Thanks to everyone who came out Friday for curbside pickup. Its so great to see the community eating local seafood and we are so grateful for everyone coming together to make it work.

We have opened up 2 additional phone lines to better accommodate everyone.

Saturday we will be open from 10am-4pm. Call 978-281-7707 to order. We will tell you a timeframe to pickup. Pay at your vehicle with our cc reader. No order limits. Thankyou!

Hours: Tuesday though Saturday 10am to 4pm

OSPREYS ANNIE AND SQUAM HAVE RETURNED TO THEIR LOSTALAND HOME!

If you’ve recently driven by Lobstaland you may have noticed a white head perched above the large stick nest, which is situated atop the manmade Osprey platform. Just as they have done the past three years, Annie and Squam have returned to their Lobstaland salt marsh nesting site.

Last year the young pair had their first successful breeding season and fledged one chick, appropriately named River (best names for Ospreys ever!)

Dave Rimmer, Greenbelt’s Director of Stewardship, shares that the webcams will be going in shortly, most likely next week 🙂

The nest is a little too far off for my camera’s range to take some beautiful photos nonetheless, it is joy to watch the pair foraging, flying, and nesting in the marsh.

Read More about Greenbelt’s Osprey Program Here

For more information about Essex Greenbelt’s Osprey Program, contact Dave Rimmer at dwr@ecga.org or 978-768-7241 X14. Or visit http://www.ecga.org and click on the Osprey Program page.

JEFF WEAVER! YET ANOTHER CELEBRITY SIGHTING AT CASTAWAYS

Jeff Weaver, Cape Ann’s preeminent painter, gets his morning joe from Castaways

Although Jeff’s gallery is temporarily not open due to coronavirus, you can contact him via his website: Jeff Weaver Gallery

About Jeff Weaver

Jeff Weaver was born in 1953 in Framingham, Massachusetts. He began drawing and painting at an early age, accepting portrait commissions by age fourteen. In his high school years, he won awards in drawing & sculpture in the Boston Globe state-wide art competitions. During this time his teacher was Eleanor Marvin, accomplished sculptor and graphic artist, who nourished his draftsmanship skills. After graduating from high school, he entered the Boston Museum School. In 1972 he took up residence in Gloucester,  sketching and painting the waterfront on an almost daily basis.

In his early years in the city, he supported himself at various waterfront jobs, as well as from commissions for boat portraits from fishing vessel captains, and for murals in commercial establishments and private homes. This eventually led to many years of commercial work, including over 30 murals painted in different parts of the city.

Returning to fine art pursuits in the 1990s, Jeff again focused on depicting Gloucester and its environs in various media. He currently operates a studio/gallery at 16 Rogers Street on the Gloucester waterfront.

THANK YOU GOVERNOR BAKER AND THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION FOR PROTECTING PIPING PLOVERS AT DCR BEACHES!

So proud to live in Massachusetts, a state where the lives of threatened and endangered shorebirds that nest along our coastline, birds such as Least Terns, Piping Plovers, and American Oyster Catchers, are considered worth protecting.

Despite all that the state government is trying to manage with the pandemic at its very peak, a huge shout out to Governor Baker and his administration for continuing the fight to help protect Piping Plovers. The Governor’s list of essential workers includes natural resource workers and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has placed symbolic roping and threatened species signs on DCR beaches. For over forty years, people have been working to rebuild the Piping Plover population and it will only add to the coronavirus tragedy if we cease protecting threatened and endangered wildlife.

The PiPls are having a tough time of it this spring, largely because so much of their overwintering habitat was ravished during last year’s Hurricane Dorian. Let’s all work together to share the shore with wildlife and to protect our own Good Harbor Beach Piping Plover family!

Males and females are pairing up at local beaches

Male PiPl building a nest scrape and tossing bits of shells and sand into the scrape

Female PiPl keeping out of the path of gusty winds

Winthrop Shores Reservation ‘Five Sisters’

 

FISHERMAN’S WHARF GLOUCESTER NEW CURBSIDE PICKUP DETAILS – OPEN NOW EVERY TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY – READ MORE

We have partnered with our neighbor Minglewood Harborside to help provide you with everything you need to enjoy a delicious meal around our fresh, local seafood – without making a trip to the store.

Order your haddock or scallops from Fisherman’s Wharf Gloucester and sides, beer & wine from Minglewood Harborside; one call, one stop, one payment.

Just call 978.281.7707 to place your order and receive a pickup time, pull into one of our curbside pickup spots in front of Minglewood Harborside, and we’ll bring everything out to your car.

10 AM – 4 PM, Tuesday – Saturday
978.281.7707

Credit Cards, Apple & Google Pay only

$15 2 lbs. Fresh Haddock (pre-bagged)
$15.00 1 lb. Container of Fresh Scallops(dry)
edit: clam chowder* $22

TOO FAT FOR CHINA STREAMING VIA THE GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY

TOO FAT FOR CHINA 
A Comic Look at the Agony of Adoption by PHOEBE POTTS 
WATCH ONLINE NOW!
 
Gloucester Stage Company debuted  TOO FAT FOR CHINA, a world premiere one woman show written and performed by cartoonist and storyteller and Gloucester resident Phoebe Potts, to sold our audiences at Gloucester Stage in November 2019 This comedic theater performance (debuting on National Adoption Day, Nov. 23) is a sequel to Potts’ graphic memoir, Good Eggs (Harper, 2010), which charts her travails with infertility and the endless rounds of treatments and miscarriages she and her husband endured. Roz Chast, the New Yorker cartoonist, called Potts’ memoir “sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always honest, intelligent, and completely involving.” In Too Fat for China, Potts picks up the narrative with her quest for an international adoption. The story has a happy ending, but it twists and turns through fraught questions about family and race— subjects that feel particularly pertinent in our current political climate. Potts tackles it all, as she does life, with humor and irreverence.
Phoebe Potts is donating all proceeds from streaming to Gloucester’s Backyard Growers. 
 
The performance was filmed in front of a live theater audience and edited to fit your viewing screen.

Streaming Tickets are $9. Click https://gloucesterstage.com/too-fat-for-china/ to purchase and gain access Now through Sunday April 26th.

 
ABOUT THE COMPANY: Gloucester Stage is a professional non-profit theater providing a unique, intimate experience for audiences and committed to supporting new works. Located in a century old re-purposed brick warehouse on the waterfront of Cape Ann, the organization is led by Artistic Director Robert Walsh and Managing Director Christopher Griffith.
For further information, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit WWW.GLOUCESTERSTAGE.COM

CASTAWAYS BIANCA GIACALONE- TOGETHER WE WILL WEATHER THIS STORM!

Love this message painted by Bianca Giacalone. You can see the Big Red Heart at her Castaways breakfast and coffee shop. Thank you Bianca!

This would be a great spot to take a family photo at while out getting some fresh air and practicing physical distancing 

Castaways Vintage Cafe is located at 65 Rogers Street, Gloucester. They are open from 8am to 2pm and are offering curbside contactless pick up of acai bowls, lattes, coffee, smoothies and juices. In addition Castaways is offering delivery or pickup of assorted fresh veggie bags and fruit bags. Deliveries are on Tuesdays and Fridays and must be ordered the day before. Order through FB or call the cafe 978-559-7984 to order. These are an offering to provide for our community while hopefully keeping people out of the grocery stores.

EASTERN MONARCH BUTTERFLY POPULATION PLUMMETS BY MORE THAN HALF

How disappointing to see the Monarch numbers plunge to less than half of last year’s population. Scientist Chip Taylor from Monarch Watch predicted lower numbers, but not to this degree. It’s hard to believe, especially after witnessing the tremendous numbers at Cerro Pelon in 2019, along with the beautiful migration through Cape Ann last summer.

Plant a variety of milkweeds and wildflowers to help the Monarchs on the northward and southward migrations

The chief reasons for this year’s loss of Monarchs are decreasing amounts of wildflowers on their migratory route south, bad weather during the 2019 migration, and the continued spraying  of deadly chemical herbicides and pesticides on genetically modified food crops.

As we are all aware, Monarch caterpillars only eat members of the milkweed (Asclepias) family, but the plant has been devastated by increased herbicide spraying in conjunction with corn and soybean crops that have been genetically engineered to tolerate direct spraying with herbicides. In addition to glyphosate (Monsanto’s Roundup, which is now owned by Bayer), Monarchs are threatened by other herbicides such as Dicamba and by neonicotinoid insecticides that are deadly poisonous to young caterpillars and decrease the health of adult butterflies.

In 2014, conservationists led by the Center for Biological Diversity and the Center for Food Safety petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the butterfly under the Endangered Species Act.

The decision on Endangered Species Act protection will be issued in December of this year under a settlement with the conservation groups. The low count of 2019-2020 reinforces the need to protect what we already know to be an endangered species.

FISHERMANS WHARF GLOUCESTER ANNOUNCES NEW CURBSIDE PICKUP!

Fisherman’s Wharf Gloucester would like to provide an update, starting this Friday we will be offering order by phone Curbside Pickup. To make our local fish easily accessible the curbside pickup will be open 5 days a week starting this Friday April 17th. Our ordering process will be fast and simple. Tomorrow we’ll post details to our Facebook page on how to order. Thank you for your continued support!

THANK YOU CHAD AND OSCAR FOR CLEANING GOOD HARBOR BEACH!

A huge shout out goes to Chad and his son Oscar. I spotted them from across the beach. Chad was methodically taking in tons of garbage and his little son’s blond curly head was bobbing along. When I got closer, I noticed Oscar had his own trash pick-up stick. Thank you Chad and Oscar for helping to keep Good Harbor Beach and the surrounding marsh and roadway clean of garbage.

THANK YOU KAREN GORCZYCA, MARK ANDREASSON, and DCL!

I’ve mentioned my friend Karen Gorczyca and her husband Mark Andreasson from Design Communication Ltd., or DCL, because they recently began diverting resources in their fabrication facilities to making and producing Personal Protection Equipment parts and face shields. On Friday, they made a custom delivery to the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) and donated 50 face shields that were made in their Avon facility.

I just think this is the best, manufacturing and employing people in Massachusetts, and with Heart!

RESTAURANT TAKE OUT, DELIVERY, AND CURBSIDE PICK-UP MOST UP-TO-DATE LIST

The information is provided in collaboration with Discover Gloucester and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce.

Last updated on April 9th at 10:45am.

Click Here for the complete list.

WONDERFULLY RARE FOOTAGE – SNOWY OWL TAKES A BATH

Hello Friends on this rainy, windy day. People’s holiday weekend ran the gamut from joyful to tragic and I so hope yours was not too difficult and you were able to find some light. It was such a beautiful day weather-wise yesterday and if there is one thing about the coronavirus is how wonderful it is to see so many families enjoying each other’s company while out in the fresh air.

Part four, Snowy Owl Takes a Bath, was filmed early one morning. I stopped by to check on Snowy Owl (her nickname at the time was Hedwig) and noticed her face was stained red from breakfast. I only planned to take a few snapshots when she hopped over to a rocky tide pool and began to wash her face. I ran back to the car to grab my movie camera and am so glad I did! For the next 40 – 45 minutes she bathed, preened, and fluffed.I am calling this rare footage because I can’t find anything else like it. Unlike most owls, which are nocturnal (active at night) Snowy Owls are active during the day (diurnal), providing a rare glimpse into the world of owls in the wild.

To see all four episodes together, please go to the Snowy Owl Film Project page on my website. These shorts were created for the kids in the Cape Ann community during this at-home schooling time. The last segment, part five, Snowy Owl Returns to the Arctic, is almost completed and will be posted later this week.

Thank you for watching!

Again, thank you to Scott Weidensaul from ProjectSNOWstorm for script advice.

A Snowy Owl Comes to Cape Ann
Part Four: Snowy Owl Takes a Bath

After a snow squall and as the sun was beginning to appear, a Snowy Owl came out to take a bath. She found a watery icy pool tucked out of sight from dive bombing crows and gulls.

Snowy Owls, like most non-aquatic birds, take baths to clean their feathers.

First washing her face, she tip-dipped and then dunked. After bathing, Snowy fluff dried her feathers, pooped, and preened. During preening, oil from the preen gland, which is located at the base of the tail, is distributed through the feathers to help maintain waterproofing.

Washing, fluffing, and preening took about forty-five minutes from head to talon.

#gloucesterma STORM PHOTOS – GOOD HARBOR BEACH, EASTERN POINT LIGHTHOUSE, DOGBAR BREAKWATER, BACK SHORE, TEN POUND ISLAND, BRACE COVE, MOTHER ANN

Scenes from around the eastern end of Gloucester – churning seas, leaden clouds, and great puffs of wind – the waves weren’t super, super huge at 4pm but there was still great crashing action over the Dogbar.

Herring Gull and Brant Geese taking shelter (and fighting) at the little cove at Easter Point Light

SOME GOOD NEWS- RED SOX TICKETS FOR LIFE!

John Krasinski, David Ortiz surprise Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center employees with free Red Sox tickets for life

A few Massachusetts hospital employees got a big surprise from actor John Krasinski and celebrated Boston Red Sox hitter David Ortiz.

The two announced during the third episode of Krasinski’s “Some Good News” YouTube show released Sunday that staffers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston would be getting four free Red Sox tickets for life.

Krasinski, a Newton native, launched his online show last month to promote positivity during the coronavirus pandemic.

QUAIL EGGS, WINTERSCAPE EGGS, and PAVILION BEACH PAINTED EGGS – PHOTOS FROM READERS JACKIE, PEGGY, AND MYSTERY FRIEND

Thank you Jackie, Peggy, and Mystery Friend for sharing your beautiful egg photos.

 

Winter egg landscapes and natural chix eggs from Jackie.

Peggy writes, “While on tour with the VT Symphony many summers ago, my host presented these to me as a breakfast option. Quail? (I chose granola…)”

Mystery Friend’s Pavilion Beach – #coronavirusinspired eggs.