Last spring, Essex Shellfish Constable Billy Novack presented a creative idea to the Board of Selectmen that he recommended: to install up to 60,000 baby oysters in the waters of Essex as part of an environmental project that works to turn oy…

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is an annual event managed by the National Audubon that takes place not only on Cape Ann, but in all of North America and parts of Central and South America.  It began in 1900 when ornithologist Frank Chapman decided that instead of a traditional Christmas season “side hunt,” where the goal was to hunt and take as many birds as possible on a given day, he would count them instead.