Lisa Berry Engler
Metro Boston Regional Coordinator, Massachusetts Bays Program (MassBays)
This is the second post in a series about the Great Marsh. Be sure to check back to learn more about how you can enjoy and protect this wonderful and critical resource on the North Shore!
If you’re looking for a peaceful outdoor activity for this weekend, think about cruising around the North Shore’s Great Marsh by water. Moving soundlessly through the endless tidal creeks of the Great Marsh by way of canoe or kayak will allow you a novel perspective of the striking ecosystem and the wildlife that lives there. To lead you on this nature cruise is an online guidebook called the Kayaker's Guide to the Great Marsh. This resource is ideal for kayakers who are itching for a new place to explore, a new way to view Great Marsh bird life, or just a soothing place to spend some time.
The Kayaker’s Guide identifies water trails and water access points along the major rivers and creeks within the 25,000 acres of the Great Marsh. It also includes places of historical, cultural, and recreational interest if you want to put up your paddle for a little while during your excursion. Information in the guide is detailed and exhaustive, including: photographs of access sites, parking areas, water trails, scenic vistas, and other important features; road maps indicating put-in locations; general information on the boating hazards that may be encountered at the access point or on a water trail; vehicle parking availability; site access conditions; best access sites for individual water trails; web links; and more. The Kayaker’s Guide to the Great Marsh was developed by the Eight Towns and the Bay Committee and the Massachusetts Bays Program with support from many local and state partners.
The View from Massachusetts posted on Sep 17
While Massachusetts can claim significant success in urban river revitalization, dam removal, cranberry bog naturalization and stream flow restoration, globally there are daunting challenges to restore highly impacted or vanishing ecosystems that will test the acumen of ecologists, engineers and politicians for years to come.
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: September posted on Sep 12
September’s photo contest winner was Gary Kamen, who photographed Mount Warner Vineyard in Hadley. Mount Warner Vineyards is a farm-winery located in Hadley, a small town in the beautiful Pioneer Valley. Operated by Gary and Bobbie Kamen, their philosophy is to recognize the unique characteristics of …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: September
Calling All Shuckers! posted on Sep 3
Do you know where the oysters you ate at the raw bar last night were grown? Do you know how oysters are grown? Oysters naturally inhabited the eastern coast dating back to the 1700s, but due to over-harvesting, disease, and habitat loss, wild oysters have …Continue Reading Calling All Shuckers!