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National Trails Day

The very start of the month, June 1st, marked the annual National Trails Day, a celebration of love for the natural world and continual exploration. This event was established by the American Hiking Society in 1993 and since then has grown into a method of preservation of the country’s natural areas and environment. To commemorate the day, people are encouraged to appreciate and interact with the wilderness and trails across the nation, whether that be for casual day hikes, challenging adventures, or an escape into the beauty of nature.

The 2019 Herring Festival

It all started with the Herring Parade, where a group of us gathered to cheer the herring on as they made their way up stream. Right at the mural under the bridge where the herring were painted, we saw our first fish. The parade ended at the fish ladder right before the Grist Mill building. At the ladder there was a scuba diver getting a closer look with a camera, capturing the fishes adventure. There was hundreds of herring waiting for their turn to make their way up stream and set out to do what they have been doing to hundreds of years.

The Herring Run!

The term herring run, or even herring, may be foreign to the everyday person. I know that before taking the time to learn about this fascinating fish species, I was one of those people. But now I can say that I know about herring and their spring migration, and can be more engaged when it comes time for Plimoth Plantation’s annual Herring Run Festival.

Spring Has Sprung!

As the day light shines longer, the temperatures start to rise you walk out your front door to a warm misty morning. There may be mud stuck to your shoes and the potholes on the roads grew three times larger since you remember last season. These are all characteristic signs that spring is in the air. But there are also natural signs of spring that we can look forward to every year as a guarantee that the warmer weather is upon us.

Support Local Farmers Markets

      Last week I was enjoying some fresh Blackberries in my kitchen when I noticed snow started to fall.  I thought something wasn’t right here. How was I eating these delicious Blackberries in the middle of winter and where did they come from? I looked at the container and found out my delicious fresh Blackberries have traveled all the way from Central Mexico to end up in my kitchen. Looking further into this I found out my Blackberries had traveled 44 hours and 2,820 miles to end up in my kitchen. I have never been to Mexico, but my Blackberries have.

Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse

          Unfortunately, most of us have already missed the first partial solar eclipse of 2019. This occurred on January 6, 2019 and was visible to parts of East Asia and the Pacific.  We will have to wait until 2021 to see the next partial solar eclipse and then it will only be visible in parts of South America and Antarctica. But what we still have a chance to see what some are calling the “ Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse” on January 21, 2019. This is a rare occurrence of the total lunar eclipse and a super moon will take place on the night of Sunday January 20,2019 at 11:41 p.m.

Meetup with the Friends of Myles Standish

At the end of October, I had the pleasure of meeting up with the Friends of Myles Standish State Forest Group. I found out about this hike by downloading the app ‘Meetup’. This is where you can follow this group to see all different types of events they hold open to the public. This information can also be accessed online at the meetup website.

How To Stay Safe During Hunting Season

Hunting for some is a way of life. A way to bond with friends, family and coworkers and a way to provide food for their families for several months out of the year. For others hunting is considered a dangerous sport and maybe even cruel but ultimately for these people this activity is mostly misunderstood. From a Wildlife Biologist perspective hunting can control an expanding population and even provide true scientific data that will be considered when trying to manage the population.

Where Have All The Bats Gone?

As a child I would sit in my backyard on a warm summer night and stare at the sky until night time came. I was eager to know how many bats called my back yard their home. Right before dusk you would see them flying around eating all the mosquitoes they could to satisfy their bellies. This past summer as I watched day turn to night, I was alarmed by the lack of bats in my back yard.

Summer Exploring in Plymouth County!

Summer is here, and it’s a perfect time to explore Plymouth County. Of course, we are known for our beautiful coastline and beaches, but did you know there are hiking, biking and nature trails all throughout Plymouth?