News and Events

Good work by all in HPWA: Plymouth Town Meeting approved Article 16B on October 17, 2015 for CPA-funded purchase of 43+ acres along the west shore of Little Herring Pond - to protect water quality, priority habitats and species of concern, our important river herring run, and to provide passive recreation such as hiking and kayak access. (see:<Map and Town Warrant - Article 16B>)

HPWA general public meetings for 2017 will be held Monday evenings at the New Testament Church, 1120 Long Pond Rd in Cedarville from 7-9 PM on the following dates: July 10, August 21, and September 25. Our annual Bird Walk was Wednesday, May 24 at the Alper preserve, and our annual pot-luck Picnic was Sunday, August 6 at Westons Bog, on the East shore of Great Herring Pond.

Your HPWA Executive Committee is very forward thinking, being the first organization to fashion an ornament for the Town of Plymouth's holiday CommuniTree, a project to follow in the Old Colony Memorial. Tree lighting was December 4. Click to view

The last HPWA public meeting of 2017 was Monday, September 25 at 7 PM.

Speaker: Glorianna Davenport. Topic: Tidmarsh Farms Ecological Restoration and Living Observatory. Place: New Testament Church, 1120 Long Pond Rd, Cedarville. Click for slides of the program.

The August 21 public meeting topic was residential rooftop "Solar 101" by HPWA member Phil Angell. It was also our election of officers.

Public dedication of the David E. Alper Nature Preserve was July 21 at 10AM.

HPWA's summer public meeting was July 10, 2017. Click for details.

SEMPBA Pine Fest was May 20, and our annual bird walk with Brian was Wednesday, May 24th. HPWA's 2017 volunteer river herring count at Sandy Pond Rd bridge began April 1 and ran through May 31st with 16 volunteers!

The first HPWA public meeting of 2017 was Monday, March 20 at the British Beer Company in Cedarville. The program was on Coyotes!  Click for details.

15 HPWA members and friends celebrated and showed appreciation Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 for the recent work of the association, the Community Preservation Committee, and Town Meeting members in protecting 43.6 acres of priority habitat between Triangle and Little Herring Ponds from proposed residential development!

HPWA's Annual Picnics

are held in August at Weston Bog, 173 Herring Pond Rd

Volunteers responded for 2016 Herring Count. River herring headed back to our watershed much earlier than last year.

The first "scout" river herring was observed at Sandy Pond Rd bridge on March 29th, so the count began. 20 volunteers participated.

Donna Gage and Sara Grady were our count coordinators. Counters saw a mink, an otter, a green heron, diverse warblers and schools of anadromous white perch in addition to thousands of river herring while providing 6-9 10-minute counts, 7 days per week for 60 days. The count ended on May 29th and our data sheets have been submitted for number crunching in the statistical population estimating formula. Many good contacts and connections were made with passersby.

See page bottom for PDFs of HPWA river herring comics

for kids and adults