August 10, 2014

In The Sea Around Us

     In his July 23 Gone Fishin' column, The Duxbury Clipper's Skip Cornell wondered, "Where are the stripers? ...the bass are missing." On August 2, The Boston Globe reported that the codfish population is down by 13 to 18 percent in the last three years, and that it contains as little as three percent of numbers needed to sustain the species.

June 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC -- Legendary aquanaut and veteran ocean scientist Dr. Sylvia Earle this week traveled quite literally between meetings on the sea floor off Florida and at the U. S. State Department in Washington.

Her trek connected her late friend Jacques-Yves Cousteau's two grandsons, independently continuing their grandfather's life work, promoting love for the the sea and its inhabitants while inspiring their protection.

May 30, 2014

It's Like "Animal Farm," Minus The Sinister Stuff!

Even though we're technically a Bourne column, we go off-campus now and then to other towns in search of fame, adventure, fortune, and pizza. Today is one of those deals, as we snuck across the border into Falmouth. They stole our Scallop Festival, so I'll get some back for the B by covering Falmouth's favorite critter collection.

April 6, 2014

It's Turkey Breeding Season, And Things Happen...

A great part of living in Bourne involves man-made stuff. You drive over the Bourne Bridge, you eat at the Way Ho, you walk along the Cape Cod Canal and so forth. Another part of the Bourne experience is getting to know the local fauna.

February 27, 2014

Locally Rare Predator Active On Our Borders

You thought they were gone, but you were incorrect. Fishers are alive and well on the Upper Cape... except, of course, for the one that was run over in Sandwich on February 22nd.

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February 19, 2014

One more Vitamix advantage that I neglected to mention in last week’s blog - When making a smoothie or juice drink in your Vitamix, the whole fruit is juiced, which includes the juice and the fiber. The fiber contains valuable nutrition that is missing in extracted juice, making your Vitamix drinks even more nutritious!

Several of my readers have asked me about composting.

January 7, 2014

Left to right: Jay Tichenor (FOPB Trustee & recent past president), Michael Lach (HCT Exec. Dir.), Dolly Howell (FOPB President), Charlie Beggs (FOPB Treasurer).

To help the Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT) raise funds for preserving 49 acres in the Pleasant Bay Watershed, the Friends of Pleasant Bay (FOPB) donated $50,000 as part of a multi-year $100,000 pledge.

December 13, 2013

November 27, 2013

Although you might be weary of hearing about it at this point, I cannot not talk about it so if it intrudes on your pie baking or other Thanksgiving preparations, for that I regret.

Despite all the opposition from many Cape residents, State officials and towns, N Star is spraying the power lines with herbicides of undetermined virulence. 

Some of which have been banned in other States.

October 27, 2013

Gone are the mornings of birds songs and the blaze of rising sun, replaced by a thick swath of blackness at dawn and talk of too many acorns on the ground.

The swing of the seasons is nothing new to us here and yet, each year we immerse into the sense of shock that we inevitably experience when the angle of light upon the earth shifts so radically that we feel it in our entire system.

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October 25, 2013

Foliage Peaking On South Coast, Cape Cod!

If you are in New England at this time of year and are wishing to see foliage, you have no choice but to come to southeast Massachusetts. New Hampshire and Vermont were past-peak weeks ago. We are the only region that is peaking now.

October 22, 2013

Annual Autumnal Rampage Through Cape Cod...

October 22, 2013

I wasn't prepared for the sight of finding a solitary wild turkey atop the oak tree bordering my cottage in the middle of the day.

Accustomed as I had been to seeing two turkeys on the property on a daily basis for the past month and familiar with their habits of roosting in the tree tops at dusk, I was puzzled as to why this one was now solo -- and not on the ground on such a sunny warm afternoon.

October 15, 2013

Simplistic as it might be to suggest we should just "go with the flow", spending enough time by the sea teaches you the wisdom behind what is often viewed as a mere cliche.

October 12, 2013

Accompanying a friend and her two children to a local farm to select pumpkins we somehow ended walking on the beach.

Stiff wind blowed straight at us as we scaled the sandy embankment to the shoreline where upon we were met by dozens of large pink globs.

In October? was my first question.  Customarily in the warm waters of summer we do get invasions of the pink jellyfish in Nantucket Sound -- and this summer was a banner year for that.  But ordinarily as the water temperatures cool down the jellyfish vanish.

October 9, 2013

It came as a surprise and concern when someone walking on the beach came running up to me and told me that there was a "sick bird" sitting on the sand.

Nearing the spot cited, I instantly spotted the variegated feathers and long beak of the listless creature in repose at the water's edge.

A loon.  I stepped closer to it, peering at it for any signs of lacerations or broken wings.

The loon looked at me, its small eyes bright and piercing with no sign of distress or concern.

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September 19, 2013

September 17, 2013

Contradictions seem predominant in our ocean these days with the appreciable influx of bass in areas of Nantucket Sound and, on a less favorable note, the massive die off of horseshoe crabs strewn along many of the beaches over the past weeks.

September 11, 2013

Reckoning With An Oyster Ban

Now sharks have gotten round the barrier

By David Mittell, Politicus #1,186

Until 1932, Duxbury Bay's mudflats were covered with eel grass up to four-feet long. There were many seals but not many fish after the seals' lunch. That year, eel grass on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean succumbed to a blight from which, in these waters, it has never fully recovered.

September 10, 2013

It was, all in all, a humid and warm summer on Cape Cod, great for tourism and beach lovers but bad for algae bloom in many of our bays.

In the summer on the Cape, the nitrate levels in ponds and ocean rises considerably due to several factors: the rise in weather temperatures, animal excrements ( as from seals )combining with the substantial increase of our population resulting in more use of septic systems -- which leads to what is called "nitrogen overload" in our ponds and sea.

September 1, 2013

By Jonathan Mayo

Many of us were overjoyed to hear of WildCare's recent rescue of snapping turtle eggs from a deceased mother. Their release into the wild was a fulfilling experience for staff/supporters. Thanks to the sharp eye of my son Brandon, we were able to rescue a very dry baby snapping turtle who was near death and far away from water.

August 29, 2013

As many of you have probably heard, N Star announced, in early August, that they were planning to commence spraying the power lines with herbicides after a four year halt to their program due to public opposition.

While N Star has minimized the possible deleterious and long term affects of the chemicals that it plans to use on the power lines to control the growth of vegetation, there is enough substantial scientific evidence which is not some emotional "environmental whacko"  propaganda to warrant challenging this program.

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August 26, 2013

Yesterday while surrendering to the cobalt beauty of Nantucket Sound as I hugged the inlet with a friend in a small sailboat, I could not help think about the prospect of the wind towers and how they would alter the landscape.

One attempts to be objective and not to formulate any opinions before assimilating all available data, but let me say that, after doing as much homework as I could, I am now proclaiming opposition to the project.