Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr.
Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
As I take the helm at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, I’m looking forward to sharing with you all of the exciting things happening outdoors across the Commonwealth.
This year, our staff will be out stocking ponds with fish and tracking the movements of black bears and white sharks. They’ll be celebrating crop harvests, from spring maple syrup through fall apple picking, teaching young anglers and hunters, and surveying our wetlands and rivers. We kicked off the year with some record-breaking news. Earlier this month, volunteers, conservationists and Department of Fish and Game staff spotted a record number of bald eagles – 107 – during the annual winter bald eagle survey. The recovery of this majestic bird is a tribute to statewide efforts to protect the birds and their habitat.
There will be blog posts about hiking, biking, fishing, accessible recreation activities, paddling, agricultural fairs and more. I hope this blog will encourage you to get out and enjoy all there is to see and do outside across Massachusetts and hope that you’ll comment and tell us about your outdoor adventures or engage with us on all our social media channels.
I thank Governor Patrick for the opportunity to lead our environmental agencies in all that they do to protect our environment, maintain our parks, and support our local agricultural industry – and look forward to hearing from you.
Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers! posted on Jul 30
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
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
Before the Boston Seafood Festival, Reconsider the Lobster posted on Jul 23
Everything that you have been told about lobsters is a lie. Okay, maybe not everything. But despite the popularity of the lobster industry (and it’s a very popular industry—bringing in over $53 million dollars in Massachusetts alone), many popular beliefs about the lobster’s existence are …Continue Reading Before the Boston Seafood Festival, Reconsider the Lobster