NEWLY INSTALLED DUNE PROTECTION AT GOOD HARBOR BEACH!

Looks like dune protection measures have been installed along the entire length of Good Harbor Beach!

Thank you Gloucester’s awesome DPW!

NILES POND PANORAMA AND EXQUISITE LIGHT LATE YESTERDAY

Late afternoon when the clouds cleared briefly – click the panorama to view full size.

 

HOW TO SEW SURGICAL MASKS AND ELASTIC IS DESPERATELY NEEDED BY LOCAL SEAMSTRESSES

Home sewers across the country are pitching in to make face masks for hospitals. Local Essex shop owner Georgeanne Richards from Sea Meadow Gifts and Gardens has been sharing how she and her sewing warriors are organizing, sewing, and collecting supplies for these much needed facial masks.

Georgeanne writes, “There is a desperate need for 1/4 inch flat elastic or elastic cord as you see in the photos.

The elastic is used to hold the masks in place. About 14” of elastic is used for each mask. Please check your home craft and sewing spaces for much needed elastic. Your very much appreciated donations can be placed in a bag and left on Sea Meadow’s porch in the boat planter on the bench.”

Sea Meadow is located at 7 Main Street Essex.

There are several styles of masks and here are instructions for two. Both these sets of directions are written very clearly and are super simple to follow.

From the Button Counter – Facemask: A picture tutorial

And from Sweet Red Poppy – How to Sew a Surgical Face Mask 

BEAUTIFUL DRONE SHOTS OF OCEAN ALLIANCE’S NEW DOCKS!

Iain Ker forwarded these spectacular drone shots from the Ocean Alliance new dock installatio

Drone Photos by Iain Kerr using a DJI Mavic 2 Pro

Work on the docks has temporarily ceased due to the coronavirus situation however, although not quite finished, the docks are useable to a certain degree and are quite secure against bad weather.

RED FOX MOLTING, HUNTING, AND POOPING!

Charlotte and I caught a glimpse of a wonderfully energetic Red Fox this morning. It was all over the field vigorously digging in the ground for mice and voles, running in a sort of leaping and prancing manner, rolling around in the grass, and then just before heading into the wooded edge, it took a long pause to poop.

I at first did not understand what was going on with its fur. You can see a funny looking fluff of white remains on the tail and parts of it coat are still thick with winter fur whereas the fur was very short in other areas. I didn’t think it was mange because he appeared full of vim and vigor.

Both Red and Gray Fox begin to moult (or shed) their fur in spring. The shorter and cooler summer coat grows in while the long shaggy coat falls out, still clinging in some areas.  Perhaps the Fox was rolling in the grass to help rid itself of the old coat.

Rolling in the grass

Pausing to poop

#GLOUCESTERPLOVER ! JOYFUL NEWS TO SHARE – OUR GOOD HARBOR BEACH PIPING PLOVERS HAVE RETURNED

Daily I have been checking and this afternoon we were overjoyed to see two foraging at low tide at Good Harbor Beach. They were super hungry, looking for food non-stop at the sand bar and in the water.

The PiPls are three days ahead of last year. Each spring they have been arriving earlier and earlier.

The Piping Plovers annual return is an event that I and many others have come to look forward to. Especially this year, not only because they are a sign of hope and renewal during the extremely challenging times we are experiencing but because of the hurricane that destroyed much of their Bahamian habitat last autumn.

Thanks to our amazing crew of volunteers, Essex Greenbelt’s Dave Rimmer, Gloucester’s DPW, Gloucester City Council, and to all our Piping Plover friends, three chicks successfully fledged at Good Harbor Beach last summer. Let’s stay positive for another fantastic year with our PiPl family!