Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Sounds of Spectacle Island

One of the best things about summertime for me is the chance to share my favorite places on Boston Harbor with my students at Boston University and my summer staff at Save the Harbor / Save the Bay.

The beach at Spectacle Island has always been one of my favorite spots because of the remarkable views, and the enormous amount of artifacts like pottery and sea glass that quite literally litter the shore of this island that was a dump for centuries before we transformed it into a destination.

If you listen closely to this clip you can actually hear the pottery and glass being tossed in the surf.

I hope you will take some time this summer to visit Spectacle island - and have hotdog or a lobster roll at Jasper Whites Summer Shack snack bar - which is now open on Spectacle, and should be open soon on Georges Island as well.

This August, thanks to a generous grant from Mass Humanities and the support of Save the Harbor's other youth program funders and partners, we are going to introduce hundreds of Boston area youth to archaeology and our region's history with a new program we call the "Treasures of Spectacle Island".

If you want to see Boston Harbor through their young eyes, visit the SH/SB youth blog "Sea, Sand and Sky" at http://shsbkids.blogspot.com/

For more ideas about great things to do on Boston Harbor this summer, become a fan of SH/SB's Boston Harbor activities and events page on facebook

See you on Boston Harbor


Friday, June 25, 2010

Hands Across the Sand

I hope that all of you will take a few minutes on Saturday at noon to join hands with your friends, family and neighbors on your favorite beach and help us draw a line in the sand against expanded offshore drilling and in support of clean energy

You can find out more on Massachusetts beaches at "Hands Across the Sand".

Friday, June 18, 2010

Lion's Mane - Take 2

Yesterday my friend Dave came by to let me know that he had spotted another Lion's Mane jelly at Constitution Marina. Because the tide was slack, it was still there when I arrived.

These Lion's Manes were about twice the size as the ones we saw over Memorial Day weekend - probably because theey have been feasting on Moon Jelly's - which are always abundant in the Harbor at this time of the year.

In this picture you can see that the Lion's Mane has snared a Moon Jelly.

In this picture you can see several smaller Moon Jellys trapped in the "oral arms" of the Lion's Mane.

The specimens I have seen in the Harbor seem to be getting larger - it will be interesting to see just how big they get. The largest reported Lion's Mane jelly - from Mass Bay -
has a bell of over 7 feet in diameter!

The Lion's Mane's sting is pretty painful - If you are stung, seek medical advice at once.

Moon Jellyfish are relatively harmless to humans - though they
can cause a small rash or reaction in very sensitive people.

My advice is to never pick up anything you can't identify
That's why I carry a copy of Peterson's Field Guide to the Atlantic Seashore or
the Audubon Society's Field Guide to North American Seashore Creatures
whenever I explore the shore.

See you on the Harbor
Bruce Berman