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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, Buzzards Bay Coalition President and Buzzards Baykeeper®

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.

A total of 65 town officials and industry professionals from around Buzzards Bay gathered this month for the Coalition-sponsored Decision Makers Workshops. These two free workshops focused on new wastewater systems that can reduce nitrogen pollution, and on how conservation commissions can protect the Bay’s important wetlands.

We are deeply saddened at the passing of Richard Wheeler of Onset. Dick was a longtime Coalition supporter, a lifelong educator, an environmental advocate, and the namesake for our New Bedford environmental exploration center, the Richard C. Wheeler Bay Learning Center.