Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
On Sunday, April 25, I headed out with two climbers, students at MIT, to Crow Hill Ledges, a popular climbing and hiking destination in DCR’s Leominster State Forest.
I have been rock climbing off and on in gyms in Boston and in Sydney, Australia, for a couple of years now. However, climbing outside is a relatively new experience for me. Climbing has mostly been about facing my fear of heights. Trusting that a few straps of nylon, some sticky shoes, and that my belay partner can keep me safe from falling dangerously is a big step for me, and for most anyone that climbs. It is no wonder that I hear from veteran climbers joking about how finding a solid climbing partner is often more stressful, and more difficult, than finding a significant other!
Climbing partners Zenith Zhang, age 29, and Ross McKinney, age 23, seem to get along famously—trusting each other with their lives each time they attempt to send, or complete, a route. This post is largely a photo story on both climbers, with detailed captions to accompany each photograph.
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.