On Saturday, March 16 at 2 PM HPWA provided a presentation about the history and methods associated with head-starting endangered Northern Red-bellied Cooter. The free public program was held at Wildlands Trust Conservation Barn. Brian Bastarache and his students at the Bristol County Agricultural High School raise these endangered hatchling turtles and release them into the wild as part of the Mass Wildlife Headstart Program. This was a family friendly program to learn about these unique Plymouth turtles and the efforts being made to increase their population. Opportunity to visit and see 2 live young turtles in the Headstart Program at SEMPBA, 204 Long Pond Rd immediately followed.
Volunteer Herring Count
HPWA's May 19 public program at Wildlands Trust was on Naturescaping Your Yard. Michael Talbot, an award-winning landscape designer and Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner, showed ways to create yards that are colorful and interesting year-round, while providing improved wildlife habitat.
HPWA's 2019 River Herring Count "ran" April 1 thru May 31 at Sandy Pond Rd bridge. Sixteen volunteers joined in the fun and became Citizen Scientists! Preliminary reports from the Cape Cod Canal electronic counter indicate numbers up as much as 48% or more over the previous year!
Saturday, May 4 was Plymouth's Hometown Cleanup. HPWA members were out and about in the watershed.
Spring events: May 19 public program at Wildlands Trust - Naturescaping
Birdwalks with Brian: May 15 and 22.
The Watershed Action Alliance (WAA) held a conference on "Water - New England's Next Big Challenge" on Friday, March 29, 8-4:00 at Camp Kiwanee in Hanson.
HPWA Fall 2108 intern Zachary Tympanick, a senior at Rising Tide Charter Public School, made his final presentation at his school on January 22, 2019. Zack is continuing informally to work with Don Williams, president and water quality committee co-chair, to analyze 10 years of water quality data for Great and Little Herring Ponds.
Herring Woman, Nancy Carroll, at Herring Fest 2019 signing a poster of her wood carving for our herring ladder photo op board