Nature

Photos: lingering ice

  Winter won’t vanish overnight Monday, February 4 was 58 sunny degrees atop Blue Hill from 2 to 3 PM after about ten days of subfreezing weather. After lunch the warmth drew me out of the house. I thought I would photo some ice. Here’s some blue afternoon puddles and cattails on the Blue Hills […]

Where is the snow?

It’s mid-January and we’re all wondering where the snow is. For some of us, no snow makes for the perfect winter, but for others, it’s not quite winter until we have a major snowstorm blanketing everything in white. For now, old photos will have to do. Behind the Neponset River Watershed Association office in Canton, […]

Natural Wonders of the Watershed

Here are some ways to experience the procession of natural wonders that occurs every spring in our watershed. Be sure to get out there with your family and create indelible memories in the minds of your children and/or grandchildren. March Woodcock mating flight Starting in early March, visit a field or a meadow as darkness […]

Winter Birds of Squantum Point Park, Quincy

Updated, February 5, 2018— Much thanks to Les Tyrala and Steve Olanoff who led the Winter Birds of Squantum Point Walk on Sat., Feb 3. The following birds were seen: Brant (Wollaston Beach) 13 Canada Goose (Wollaston Beach) 5 Black Duck 2 Common Eider 18 Bufflehead 9 Common Goldeneye 13 Red breasted Merganser (males displaying) […]

Chilling at Tileston and Hollingsworth Dam

Here’s some pancake ice forming in the tailrace (below the Tileston and Hollingsworth Dam on the Milton/Hyde Park border on December 31, at about 5 degrees Fahrenheit. (A tailrace is a channel that carries water away from a water wheel, turbine, etc.)    Not far downstream the river was completely iced over but here […]

Fish Kills

While unsettling, it's not unusual to see dead fish floating along a lake or pond shoreline as the waters warm up.

Birds Seen & Heard in Fowl Meadow, May 2017

NepRWA board member, Les Tyrala, led a group of bird watchers through Fowl Meadow (along Burma Road from Paul’s Bridge to the south edge of marsh), which is within the western portion of the DCR Blue Hills reservation last Saturday morning, May 20th. They observed and / or heard 37 species. The complete list of […]