These are duck nesting boxes and have been added to Marblehead’s conservation areas with permission of the Conservation Commission. The idea and installation are all courtesy of Tony Santosus, representing Duck’s Unlimited, the world’s largest conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring wetland and waterfowl habitat. (http://www.ducks.org/conservation) .
There are five boxes: two at Ware Pond, two at Black Joe’s Pond, and one at Heron Pond in the Forest River area.
A public perambulation of Marblehead’s lesser known pathways in and around the downtown area over a hundred participants – amazing!
In spite of the group size, Don Doliber, Town Historian, led a tour over streets, hills, and barely developed paths, retelling stories of historical times along the way.
We greatly appreciate the interest and fortitude of those who came. A special thanks to Wayne Butler, Collections Manager for the Town’s Historical Commission who spontaneously entertained early arrivals with bits of Town history.
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Unless you have seen the small roadside sign on Lafayette Street identifying Marblehead as a Tree City, you may not be aware that Marblehead has been on the Arbor Day Foundation’s list of Tree Cities for the past seventeen years.This distinction is given to those communities that meet the Foundation’s standards for creating and maintaining a commitment to a greener, healthier community through attention to its trees. Paying attention to the health of trees, and replacing those damaged or aged beyond saving are part of that commitment. The Conservancy Trails Committee supports Marblehead’s Tree Department and Tree Warden, Doug Gordon, with Earth/Arbor Day plantings. The Tree Department, in turn, supports the Conservancy Trails Committee in handling the larger downed trees along conservation area trails. This partnership continues to work well to the Town’s benefit.
Over the course of the morning on April 29, ninety-two people contributed their time and effort to help develop the Lead Mills conservation area as a flowering meadow and to clear trash. Here’s what they accomplished (we love numbers!):
250 plugs of native flowers planted
80 shrub and tree seedlings planted
edge of road berm weeded and replanted
5 bales of salt marsh hay spread on the flower beds
ten bags of trash removed including 3 bags of recyclables
We thank all those who gave their time, particularly those who brought along youngsters and helped introduce Marblehead’s natural open spaces to future stewards.