One of the interesting things about being involved in Massachusetts estuaries and Boston Harbor in particular is learning of the life that teems within it, as well as the tremendous potential of it that is still unrealized. We have forgotten what Boston Harbor can be.
In this blog before we have commented on the lone Atlantic Sturgeon spotted in the locks at the Charles and oystercatchers in Winthrop. But there is even more happening.
|Tiny Piping Plovers blend in with the sand.|
Piping Plovers appear to be returning to Winthrop and Revere. While the news of these adorable birds may be disconcerting news for dog walkers since it restricts canine access to the beaches, it is exciting to here of them in Winthrop and Revere.
We are also hearing rumors of puffins on the Harbor Islands. Below we post a picture of a Puffin off of Gloucester from the Boston harbor tours web-site. If you have information or pictures please send them to us.
|Puffin Sighted off Gloucester By Boston Harbor Tours in January|
Lets look forward a few years. How long will it before we have ospreys or even eagles on the islands? While I am sure Logan airport may not be thrilled about raptors. It is interesting to think about what could be. Squam Lake, NH has built a mini-tourism industry around the bald eagle nest and nesting loons. If we add biodiversity to Boston Harbor, even more tourists will come with the ancillary benefits to our economy.
Below is the official DCR notice of the Piping Plovers.