Local Nature

Andy Kelly, an experienced striper and tuna fisherman who lives on Plum Island shared the following story with me: It was a warm, windless evening in August.   A perfect night for striper …

A cohort of fifth graders from Essex Elementary School recently participated in Mass Audubon’s "Rivers to Sea" program, where they learned about important concepts and challenges in the local …

If you are lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, the night sky can reveal mesmerizing displays of dancing lights known as auroras, captivating observers with their ethereal beauty. …

TownGreen, the Cape Ann non-profit focused on climate awareness education for Cape Ann, is presenting An Evening with Melissa Hoffer, Massachusetts Climate Chief, from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May …

The Rewilding of Cape Ann

I’m no Daniel Boone, but I’ve paid enough attention to animal tracks over the years to recognize cat tracks when I see them.  The tracks I saw in the wet sand of the Dunes at Castle …

The Creatures' Return

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Conservationists use the term “rewilding” to describe the phenomenon where habitat is restored and native flora and fauna return (or are reintroduced) to their former range. Naturalist …

A Growing Demand For Fresh

A visit to Cedar Rock Gardens is a journey to a lost agrarian past; a slow meander along Walker’s Creek towards Essex Bay and into a rural part of Essex and Gloucester that feels long forgotten …

Wood Ears

Even in the winter one can find this squiggly gelatinous edible mushroom busily decaying hardwood sticks and twigs in the forest.   The aptly named Wood Ear mushroom actually goes by a slew of …

Mushroom Macro Photography

Mushroom hunting as a hobby has taken off in popularity in recent years, and so has the art of mushroom photography, the art of photographing very small, quirky, and colorful fungal fruiting bodies …

Troop 3 Summits Mount Garfield

On a brisk late fall New England weekend, six BSA Troop 3 Manchester scouts conquered Mount Garfield.   Mount Garfield in the White Mountains, NH, has an elevation of 4,480 feet and is five …

Joy from an Unknown Artist 

Joy and beauty are elusive in this post pandemic, divided, burning world we inhabit. Elusive, but not gone, writes Manchester resident William Barth, Jr., MD in this latest edition of "Local Musings."

Festival-by-the-Sea 2023

Manchester’s Festival-by-the-Sea has become a Cape Ann Classic, and the Greater Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s community artisan event this year brought with it a crystal-clear amazing summer day …

Mushroom of the Week: Fungal Fruitings

All of our seemingly endless summer rains have produced some interesting fungal fruitings! Typically, we have a mid-summer drought, or worse, and can only collect fall species, but this year, we …

September 16, 2023 Road and Gravel Routes Available For beginner riders to seasoned cyclists, Essex County Greenbelt Association’s annual Tour de Greenbelt - Cycle for Land Conservation is …

July 6 - 9, 2023 This weekend as part of Gloucester’s 400+ anniversary celebration, Maritime Gloucester will host a series of maritime history signature events that will include dory races, …

Patton Bowl’s Sailing Highlight

The fleet of seven boats, assembled for the 70th running of the Patton Bowl regatta, was pleasantly surprised when the wind, forecast to be light and from the south, turned into a strong 15 knot …

One of Gloucester’s flagship vessels, Schooner Adventure, a National Historic Landmark and icon of the American fisheries has announced a series of events to coincide with the 4th of July holiday …

O&A: Summer Kick Off for Adventure

The schooner Adventure is set to launch its Gloucester 400+ season this weekend, during St. Peter’s Fiesta.  Adventure is inaugurating Gloucester Sails!, an official event of the Gloucester …

Chicken of the Woods is one of the “Top 4” easiest edible mushrooms to identify.   It is right up there with Morels, Puffballs, and the Shaggy Mane. Its bright orange colors can shine …

Mushrooms can benefit your landscaping efforts as well as add variety to your dinner table.  They can also be fun to study because of their complex nature and the sheer challenge of the science …

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