Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
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Although it has been a relatively mild winter, signs of spring still ignite positive energies and excitement within the Commonwealth. Lunch breaks take a little longer and the walk to your T stop is a bit more relaxed. To many people, springtime is about more than just an escape from the bonds of cold weather. Springtime is the start of the birds’ mating season and the farmers’ planting season; the activities we do in our free time change and we can spend more of our day outside interacting with the nature around us.
Today I spoke with members of the various environmental agencies to find out what they love about spring. For Marion Larson with MassWildlife, the mating call of the American Woodcocks “peent….peent…peent,” is a clear sign of the new season. Although SJ Port, who works with the Department of Conservation Resources (DCR), is reluctant to put her hockey gear away, she is excited to replace her skates with sneakers and take a walk along DCR's Charles River Reservation's Esplanade and hike through some of the DCR state parks. Anna Waclawiczek, in the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR), looks forward to the busy planting season at our local farms. Now is the time, she says, whether you are a farmer or a green thumb hobbyist to visit a garden center or nursery and get your fingers dirty with fresh planting soil. To find local nurseries, garden centers, farmers’ markets and much more go to the MassGrown & Fresher Agri-Google map.
What do you love about the transition into spring? What smell, sight, or sound is most indicative to you that springtime is here? For me it is the smell of hyacinths when I am out on a jog or walking my dogs. Use the comment space below to share with us your thoughts.
The Turtles are Coming posted on Aug 29
With a migration pattern that stretches thousands of miles, it is no surprise that Massachusetts is home to four types of turtles during the summer, all of them protected by local and international law. And while you probably know that sea turtles often frequent the Massachusetts beaches, can you identify them?
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.