Nice time at the New England Herpetological Society on Sunday. We were there all day with a native Massachusetts snake display. Thousands came in the door and we were able to engage an awful lot of them. Thanks to Keith Bertone and Gabe Montague.
Nice time at the Wicked Scary Pumpkin Carving Session last week. Good crowd: Colleen Anderson, Anna DiPerna, Jessica Kagle, Sarah Holmes, Julia, Karen and Ron Camille, Karen, Brian and Littleton Rick Roth, Dez Whitney, Nick Albina, Deb Gray and Bandit the Honduran milk snake.
Check out the cool pumpkins under activities, special events!
Saturday, we were at the Gloucester Harvest Music Festival. They assembled a great lineup of musicians. We were there all day with a Snakes of New England and the World exhibit. Thanks to so many volunteers that helped throughout the day.
And on Sunday, Nick Taormina, Adam Boronsky and I checked out some vernal ponds in Gloucester and Essex for additional info for certification. Adam flew his drone over the pools and took some birds-eye view photos. One cool, fun tool to help us protect wetlands.
Its been another wild week. More action at the Mill Pond in Rockport. Set and baited 11 turtle traps on Wednesday morning. Thursday morning we had classes from Rockport HS and Essex Tech. Found three more turtles and more eels and elvers. I lost count of the fish that students got in the seine nets. Friday we had students from Rockport HS, Essex Tech and Glen Urquhart School. Only one more turtle. Students got hundreds more fish in the seine nets. Urquhart students were quick to learn the fishnet dredging technique for retrieving goocum from the bottom of the pond. They were able to sift through it to find dragonfly larvae, elver, freshwater clams and snails.
So... lots of animals got moved out of harm's way and moved to the Loop Pond.
Saturday, all-day Snake Exhibit for Maritime Heritage Day at Maritime Gloucester. Thanks again to our volunteers Marisa Neves, Ann Byers, Marion Healey, Dylan Piscitella, Jason Healey, Kayla Saltonstall, Victoria Rolf, Anna DiPerna, Keith Bertone, and Rick.
Really a fabulous job by our courageous vernal pond team members. Setup and breakdown went like clockwork at all three events this weekend. Great job of getting all our visitors up close and personal with our snakes. I really can't say enough about all the people who came together and made these events a great success.
Friday night we were there for the Gloucester Block Party Snake Exhibit under the lights. Thanks to volunteers... Marisa Neves, Enza Cucitrone, Kathryn Heinze, Nathan and Laura Mahoney, Marion Healey, Genevieve Healey, Jason Healey, Colleen Anderson, Wilhelmina Rolf Thaemert, Victoria Rolf, Christian Kishida, Steve McCrory, Jon and Diane Bevins, and Rick. Scads of people at our tent. Thanks to Don and Susan at Toodeloos Toy Store.
Okay... that was a wild three days. Nice Snake Exhibit at the Cape Ann Farmer's Market on Thursday. Thanks to all of our volunteers including Marion Healey, Genevieve Healey, Kayla Saltonstall, Anne Rosenfeld, Colleen Anderson, Ann Byers, Wilhelmina Rolf Thaemert, Victoria Rolf, and Rick. And the cool Kid's Activity with Tracy and Cathy from Art Haven - painting wooden snakes. Check out the page from our website under Activities, Activity Photographs.
Wow, that was really something... at the Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar. Thanks to our multitude of volunteers that were so generous with their time - there are so many people who helped out.
I saw a lot of coaching and educating amidst a few thousand people that came by our exhibit over those two days. We had a really great display and we even had a visit from a prominent politician - photo with Rick.
Check out our activity photographs Sidewalk Bazaar for some great highlights from this event, all the volunteers, and the photie.
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