There is an effort by The Nature Conservancy to reestablish oysters in the bay. The oysters are filter feeders and will help clean up the bay. They are laying beds of shells and seeding them with oyster spat. Hopefully the spat will survive and grow and establish colonies.
Mark’s blueberries are starting to ripen. The berries are not ripening all at once and the critters are eating them faster than they ripen, as a result we have not harvested any blueberries yet this year. 😦
This is an update to last Winter’s blog: YNEHiN. It was shown that Nuttin Evah Happens in NewMahket because our yard provides three things: Food, Water and Cover/Habitat. We now can see the results of all of that.
There is a lot of natural food but we still maintain our bird feeders.
Deck Bird Feeder
We still have the spring in the yard but we have supplemented the deck bird bath with a bird bath on the front entrance.
Deck Bird Bath
Front Bird Bath
We have the four and a half acres that are partially wooded with two hundred feet of waterfront on Great Bay in New Hampshire. This combination has produced an explosion of babies. Enjoy the habitat pictures.
Wilson’s Creek was the site of the second major battle of the American Civil War. It is in Missouri and occurred shortly after the first battle of Bull Run. It was a Union defeat and the first Union General to die in the war was killed in this battle.
It was memorial day and they had re-enactors inside. They do field exercises some weekends.
We drove from Dinosaur National Monument to Boulder CO. via Rocky Mountain National Park. We had hoped to get to the Visitor Center and walk up to view the continental Divide. The trip to Newmarket would be downhill from that location: 14,000 ft to 0 ft.
I think this was my favorite stop. We stayed at the Dinosaur Inn in Vernal Utah. The people were pleasant and the food was marvelous. There is a museum in town and it was a short drive to the park. It is definitely worth doing.
There are dinosaur statues outside the Utah Field House of Natural History. Some of the statutes reflect the thinking of the 1960’s and have the tails on the ground.
Classic Dinosaur Poses
More modern thinking suggests the tails were for balance and mobility and modern poses are much more dynamic.
The museum has a wall that identifies the sediment layers and fossils found. The rocks fractured when the continental drift causes the rocky mountains to uplift. The fossils leave a record of what the environment was like during the deposition phases. The various layers can be identified by color and content.
It is amazing how much they can piece together about the past.
The next stop was Dinosaur National Monument. You park at the visitor center and get a shuttle ride to the quarry. We walked back down,
Quite a few famous fossils came out of this quarry. It is pretty remarkable to see.
We went to Antelope Island, a peninsula extending into the Great Salt Lake. Our hope was to see migrating shore birds and collect some sand from the beach. We were warned that the bugs would be bad and we should take protective action.
Great Salt Lake Views
The birding was not especially good on Antelope Island. We were told it was better in a preserve about an hour North of us. We saw more mammals that birds.
We also saw some coyotes and Meg got some video of one of them grabbing a snack.
We didn’t have time to go to the Northern Sanctuary and failed to find a beach with the sand Meg wanted to collect. So this was not a complete success but we enjoyed seeing the animals.