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Category Archives: Conservation

Not From Around Here: Green Crabs Posted on Aug 22

Not From Around Here: Green Crabs

As part of its work to assess salt marsh health, staff from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) have frequently observed abundant green crabs, often burrowing in the banks of marsh creeks. This summer, CZM is examining the potential impacts of green crabs in salt marsh habitats, including the impact of burrowing activity.

Plan a Day Trip – Right in Boston Harbor! Posted on Aug 18

Plan a Day Trip – Right in Boston Harbor!

Looking for a fun day trip for you and possibly your family? Look no further, the Boston Harbor Islands are the place to be. Lots of events take place on these islands during the summer months, so enjoy these festivities while they are here! Spectacle   …Continue Reading Plan a Day Trip – Right in Boston Harbor!

Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers! Posted on Jul 30

Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers!

I always thought wasps were the bad guys growing up. But smokey-winged beetle bandit wasps (Cerceris fumipennis) are actually the good guys – used to kill off an invasive species. This specific type of wasp (that does not sting) catches Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a   …Continue Reading Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers!

A Whale of a License Plate Posted on Jul 28

A Whale of a License Plate

Wish your license plate was more identifiable? Want to save whales? Well, there is a way to achieve both of these at once. Perhaps the old saying about hitting two birds with one stone should be “do two cool things with one easy payment to the   …Continue Reading A Whale of a License Plate

2014 Envirothon: Engaging Youth On the Environment Posted on Jun 5

On Thursday, May 15, 250 high school students from over 30 Massachusetts communities from Boston to the Berkshires participated in the 27th annual Massachusetts Envirothon, hosted at Sholan Farms in Leominster. As part of this annual outdoor field competition, the Bay State teens focused on sustainable   …Continue Reading 2014 Envirothon: Engaging Youth On the Environment

May is Wetlands Month Posted on May 23

May is Wetlands Month

“For many of us, water simply flows from a faucet, and we think little about it beyond this point of contact. We have lost a sense of respect for the wild river, for the complex workings of a wetland, for the intricate web of life   …Continue Reading May is Wetlands Month

Massachusetts Agriculture Day Posted on Apr 4

Massachusetts Agriculture Day

  On Wednesday, March 26th, agriculture once again took center stage at the State House in Boston. Agriculture Day, also known as “Ag Day,” is the one day a year where farmers come together to focus legislative attention on agriculture.  The day is organized by   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Agriculture Day

A Last Gasp of Summer – Perfect For A COASTSWEEP Cleanup At Constitution Beach Posted on Oct 16

A Last Gasp of Summer – Perfect For A COASTSWEEP Cleanup At Constitution Beach

As the COASTSWEEP Intern, I’ve been involved in a lot of the behind-the-scenes work to get supplies, sponsors and spread the word about this event. On September 12, I finally had the opportunity to get to the beach and participate in my first-ever COASTSWEEP cleanup.   …Continue Reading A Last Gasp of Summer – Perfect For A COASTSWEEP Cleanup At Constitution Beach

How To Become An Environmental Police Officer Posted on Oct 10

How To Become An Environmental Police Officer

If you love the outdoors and have an interest in activities like hunting and fishing,  , there is a career option that may be perfect for you. A Massachusetts Environmental Police Officer enforces all general laws of the Commonwealth that pertaining to the protection of natural   …Continue Reading How To Become An Environmental Police Officer

COASTSWEEP: Protecting Marine Life One Piece of Trash at a Time Posted on Sep 30

COASTSWEEP: Protecting Marine Life One Piece of Trash at a Time

Since 1987, thousands of volunteers have scoured the shores of Massachusetts through COASTSWEEP, the statewide beach cleanup organized by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). These dedicated volunteers collect and document “marine debris,” the technical term for trash and other discarded items that   …Continue Reading COASTSWEEP: Protecting Marine Life One Piece of Trash at a Time