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.
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: August posted on Aug 25
Augusts’ Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Cara Peterson, who photographed a high tunnel greenhouse at Flats Mentor Farm in Lancaster.
Not From Around Here: Green Crabs posted on Aug 22
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
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!