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What a terrific issue and the perfect read to bring to the beach (and not just because my story about the Cape Ann to Mexico Monarch connection is featured on the cover!).
Cape Ann Magazine’s Summer 2014 issue provides a wonderful window into summer living on our beautiful North Shore. I throughly enjoyed reading all the articles, including Gail McCarthy’s about Essex sculptor Shelly Bradbury and the beautiful work she does designing for Mariposa; Alexandra Pecci’s two articles, one about Mariposa, aptly titled “Elegance for Everday,” and a second interesting story about Woodman’s celebrating their 100th year in business; Andrea Holbrook’s story featuring Gloucester’s only sailmaker Josh Bevins; and Sean Horgan’s article about tuna-chasing Johnny Johnson. Pick up the Summer 2014 issue of Cape Ann Magazine. I guarantee, you won’t be disappointed!
Excerpt from “Cape Ann to Mexico: The Monarch Butterfly Connection”
Like many communities throughout North America, Cape Ann shares in the interconnected web of the wondrous migration of the monarch butterfly. The very same monarchs that we see nectaring in our gardens and along the shoreline in late summer make a journey of over 2,500 miles south to Mexico to spend the winter in the unique and magnificent oyamel fir and pine tree forests of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt, known locally as the Sierra Nevada (Snowy Mountain Range).
Last December, reports began to pour in from Mexican and American scientists that the number of monarchs overwintering was the lowest ever documented, representing a 90% decline from population numbers recorded in the 1990s. This coincided with the lamentably few monarchs seen breeding and feeding in our Cape Ann gardens during the summer of 2013. For the past three years I have been filming the monarchs in Gloucester, and all around Cape Ann, for my forthcoming film, Beauty on the Wing—Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly. I came to the realization that if I did not travel to Mexico at this moment in time, there may never again be the opportunity to film the monarch butterfly migration.
Read more in the Cape Ann Magazine Summer 2014 issue available at the following shops:
The Gloucester Times, 36 Whittemore St., 978-283-7000
The Book Store, 61 Main St., 978-281-1548
Good Harbor Liquors, 340 Main St., 978-281-7100
Harbor Loop Gifts, 1 Harbor Loop, 978-283-3060
Jeff’s Variety, 71 Eastern Ave., 978-281-5800
Richdale, 410 Washington St., 978-281-4670
Richdale, 120 E. Main St., 978-283-2179
7 Eleven, 50 Bass Ave., 978-283-6868
Savour, 76 Prospect St., 978-282-1455
Hershey Frame Shop, 8 Rr Pleasant St., 978-546-2655
Rockport Market, 21 Broadway, 978-546-3684
Toad Hall Book Store, 47 Main St., 978-546-7323
Tucks Candy, 15 Main St., 978- 546-6352