This month I shared an outdoor adventure on The Great Outdoors blog about winter birding a couple of T-accessible spots just north of Boston.
There are some wonderful urban locations where you can see a wide variety of birds. Belle Isle Marsh, a property owned by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), is a very convenient spot with the MBTA Blue Line Suffolk Downs T Station almost directly across the street! We were the only people walking along the marsh and over a boardwalk with a viewing platform—we saw a flock of two dozen tree sparrows, four red tail hawks, and a woodpecker, heard a chickadee, and watched some ducks and Canada geese in the open water.
Other T-accessible birding locations in and around Boston are the Boston area are the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, the Boston Public Garden, the Boston Common and The Fens. In Cambridge, there is Mt. Auburn Cemetery or Fresh Pond.
Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel posted on May 24
MassDOT encourages travelers to plan ahead and travel safely during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The heaviest traffic is observed during Thursday, Friday, and Monday afternoons and early evenings. Drivers are encouraged to make travel plans accordingly and if possible avoid peak traffic volumes between …Continue Reading Plan Ahead for Memorial Day Weekend Travel
MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed posted on May 24
Effective immediately, hoverboards are prohibited on all MBTA property, including stations, buses, subways, trains, and commuter boats. MBTA subway and bus personnel, along with Keolis Commuter Rail staff have been informed that customers with hoverboards shall not be permitted to bring such devices into MBTA …Continue Reading MBTA: Hoverboards Not Allowed
MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement posted on May 24
Frank DePaola, P.E., who has served as General Manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) since February 2015, announced to staff that he plans to retire after his current appointment expires on June 30. Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack thanked DePaola in a letter …Continue Reading MBTA General Manager DePaola Retirement