Kirby Gilmore has been growing cranberries his whole life. For the past 35 years, he’s farmed 50 acres of bogs in Carver and South Middleborough, near streams that flow to two of Buzzards Bay’s largest rivers: the Weweantic and the Wareham. His bogs provide the ripe red cranberries that grace our Thanksgiving tables – and now, these same bogs are providing valuable science that will help Buzzards Bay’s cranberry industry protect clean water.
Cranberry bogs like Gilmore’s are an important part of our landscape and heritage in southeastern Massachusetts. But with so many bogs in the Buzzards Bay region, cranberry agriculture can be source of nitrogen pollution to our waterways. The Coalition is now partnering with growers to develop new research on cranberry bogs to help solve this piece of the Bay’s nitrogen pollution puzzle.
Roger Pepin has spent years watching the herring run up the Acushnet River each spring. He grew up along the river, and he remembers the schools of herring that used to swim upstream by the thousands – so many fish that he couldn’t see the bottom of the river.
The Acushnet River is one of countless places around Buzzards Bay where healthy streams and wetlands have been lost. As a result, the river’s once-vibrant fish populations have dwindled. The Coalition is working to restore damaged streams and wetlands in places like the Acushnet River, the Weweantic River, and the Mattapoisett River to protect clean water and improve the health of the Bay ecosystem so fish, wildlife, and people can thrive.
From young beginners to expert fishers, anglers of all ages will enjoy freshwater fishing in Buzzards Bay’s ponds and streams. If you’re an outdoor explorer seeking a peaceful respite, venture into the woods for a tranquil morning of catch-and-release fly fishing for native brook trout. Or zip around your favorite pond in a bass boat with friends in search of your next big catch. Curious kids can cast a line by the water’s edge for pumpkinseeds and perch. (Anglers under 15 don’t even need a freshwater fishing license!) Wherever you’re located, you can find a perfect freshwater fishing spot in southeastern Massachusetts.
Swimmer Ben Ostiguy challenged himself to complete his first open-water swim at the Buzzards Bay Swim in 2008. Now, for his 10th year swimming — and the Swim’s 25th anniversary — he’s set himself a new challenge: to double his fundraising donations in support of clean water.
The Horseneck Point Life-Saving Station has lived many lives: since its retirement from active service in 1913, it has been a restaurant, a bar, a clam shack, an ice cream parlor, a private residence, and an environmental visitor center.
On March 23rd, the Buzzards Bay Coalition participated in a prescribed burn of Penikese Island, led by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The purpose of the burn was to expand and manage habitat for nesting shorebirds, including gulls and the endangered roseate tern. It also helps to control invasive species, and is a tool used for managing the island as grassland habitat.
Follow along below with Mary Doucette, Buzzards Bay Coalition Land Stewardship Assistant, as she recounts her firsthand experience of the burn. Watch her video on YouTube to see the incredible images.
Mark Rasmussen is the president of the Buzzards Bay Coalition and Buzzards Baykeeper®
Thanks to the strong support of more than 10,000 members across our region, your Buzzards Bay Coalition made some great strides in 2019. As a supporter, you know that Saving Buzzards Bay is accomplished through ongoing pollution cleanup, focused land protection, active restoration, and community engagement — in projects and initiatives like the ones described below.
I’m proud to share this list of 10 of our greatest accomplishments from 2019. You can count on us to continue to work on these and more great projects to Save Buzzards Bay in 2020. You can help support these projects by making a year-end contribution to the Coalition today.