Friday, December 4, 2009

Visit to Wellfleet Bay Audobon Center

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, my family visited the impressive Audobon Center in South Wellfleet, MA. Wellfleet Audobon Center  There we met with Center Director Bob Prescott who is the driving force behind their oyster reef restoration project. They are placing down bags of shell for the native oyster seed to attach to and form a reef. Here is some information on the project. Wellfleet oyster restoration

Unfortunately, high winds and rough seas made it impossible for us to visit the actual site. But we did get to visit their impressive center and walk among the beautiful preserve and do some bird watching. We offered to drive the six rescued sea turtles on hand back home with us to the New England Aquarium, but another lucky volunteer beat us to the honor.
We also discussed the idea of an oyster restoration meeting to bring all the parties in the state active in this field together to compare notes and share experiences. Our state trails others along the Eastern Seaboard significantly in its oyster restoration efforts, but we seem to be building momentum!

Below is a picture of an oyster catcher taken by Susannah in Nahant. She is a Friend of the Belle Isle Marsh. (Don't worry- our oysters are too big for this fellow to eat.)

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