I’ll see you on the beach…

I’ve been very fortunate to have served as Goldenrod Foundation’s Program Manager for the past four and a half years, working on many projects to conserve coastal habitat and educate people about the natural world. However, it’s time to take the plunge and dive into expanding my business, Three Birds Consulting, so I am leaving […]

December’s Book – Blue Revolution: The Unmaking of America’s Water Crisis

Americans see water as abundant and cheap: we turn on the faucet and out it gushes, for less than a penny a gallon. We use more water than any other culture in the world, much to nourish what’s now our largest crop—the lawn. Yet most Americans cannot name the river or aquifer that flows to […]

What’s in Plymouth Harbor?

What’s in Plymouth Harbor that shouldn’t be there? Plymouth South High School students and other volunteers found out on October 29, 2016. Gathering at Long Beach to participate in COASTSWEEP as part of Plymouth’s Hometown Cleanup, they scoured the shoreline facing the harbor for marine debris that had washed up onshore. Every piece of trash […]

Autumn Birding on Long Beach

Autumn birding on Long Beach is a treat and our recent trip was no exception. Many of the wintering birds, such as the Brant above, have arrived, and migrants, like the Black-bellied Plovers below, are lingering. Other shorebirds included Sanderlings and Dunlin. Foraging along the shore, they took to flight numerous times. We finally glimpsed […]

November’s Book Choice – The Social Conquest of Earth

The Social Conquest of Earth by Edward O. Wilson is a highly acclaimed (and also roundly criticized) book on the evolution of human cooperative behavior. Wilson commences by examining basic questions of humanity: Where did we come from? What are we? Where are we going? He describes how people have tried to answer these questions […]

Book Club Choice for October – Against the Tide

We will discuss Against the Tide: The Battle for the American Coast by Cornelia Dean on Monday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at 204 Long Pond Road. It is a highly readable account of the natural forces that shape sandy beaches and how humans attempt to harness or thwart them, often with unintended consequences. You will find […]

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The Best Summer Photos from Long Beach

A number of talented photographers joined Goldenrod’s bird walks on Long Beach in Plymouth this summer. They shot and shared gorgeous photos. Honestly, there were so many “best” photos that I couldn’t include them all. The most accurate title for this post might be: Some of the MANY incredible images taken by persistent and talented photographers with big lenses […]

Photos & Lists from our Early June Birding Trips on Long Beach

Plymouth Long Beach in June is always a hit for birders. Not only can nesting birds, such as the Willet above (photo by Stan Deutsch), be found, but migratory shorebirds, Osprey, bank swallows, horned larks and lingering sea ducks abound. Highlights included Red Knots, Black Skimmers, and nesting Piping Plover and Least Terns. Enjoy this […]

Bird Nests

Our guest blogger has had a long and illustrious career studying wildlife and ecology. He spent several decades with the U.S. Forest Service as a research wildlife biologist and fifteen years as a professor at Louisiana Tech University. His accomplishments, awards and publications are numerous. Dr. Dickson is especially well known for his book: The Wild […]