Spring Peeper out and about before hibernating for the winter.

Relishing the last of these golden days, we took advantage of Sunday’s delightfully beautiful weather with a hike around Eastern Point. Several female Yellow-rumped Warblers were spotted feeding on seed heads, a lone turtle was basking on a sun-warmed rock, the Harbor Seals were lolling about, and a tiny Spring Peeper was spied in the fallen leaves.

You can see why these sweet birds are called Yellow-rumped Warblers. Note the little flash of yellow on the rump of the warbler flying in the background.

Eastern Painted Turtle

Who me?

Harbor Seals warming in the sun.


Rick Roth writes,

“We had two really cool Snakes of New England and the World presentations for The Westborough Community Land Trust last Saturday.  Great crowd  over 300 people.  Fabulous job by our volunteers: Ian, Dawn, Becca, John and Colleen.  Snakes were well-behaved except for the African house snake which pooped on Becca.

We will have some fundraising activities this year, so get in touch and let me know you’d like to join the Fundraising Committee.  We will have a yard sale on Saturday May28th.  And Charlie Farren will be performing a benefit show for us of his acoustic music.  We’re still working out the details for that show, but its going to be fantastic.

Big Giant Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Annual Meeting-  Wednesday  March 9, 2016  6:30pm at The Get Outside Center, 186 Main St., Gloucester.  The public is invited.  This means you, especially if you’re hoping to volunteer or join a committee or something, but you don’t have to.  Please let us know if you plan to attend so we will can get the right amount of snacks.  Very important.

And… do you know of any vernal pools out there that need to be certified?  Or, even if you suspect its a vernal pool, but aren’t really sure.  Please let us know about it.  And let us know if you know who owns the property.
See you on Wednesday,  Rick

we only have one earth, save it”


Editor’s Note ~ Looking towards spring and the welcome sound of the Pinkletinks (spring peepers)!

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