Wednesday, May 22, 2024

What you'll find if you go fishing in Boston Harbor

Boston Harbor, home to one of the most beautiful waterfronts and islands, is also a bustling ecosystem supporting diverse fish species. Each different fish species plays a crucial role in supporting the marine environment of Boston Harbor during the changing seasons. Among the notable fishes include: Flounder, Herring, and Striped Bass. Each of these unique fish species contributes to the ecological balance in distinct ways!

As a Junior Program Assistant, I had the opportunity to explore the various islands and ecosystems, home to these wonderful fish species. My team at Camp Harbor View had a rare encounter with a flounder! While we were on the dock assisting youth in the fishing club, we spotted the flounder swimming near and around the docks. This was a rare encounter because we usually only see flounder and the different fish species on our fishing trips where we’re further away from land. One of my team members pointed out the flounder to us when he noticed their brown/olive color and their long dorsal fins sticking out of the water. Although we weren’t able to catch it, it was interesting for us to be reminded that there was a large abundance of marine species in Boston Harbor. Seeing that flounder with our own eyes, sparked a curiosity about the other species of fish that can be spotted in the Boston Harbor.


Starting with the flounder: they are most known for their distinct flat bodies and remarkable camouflage abilities. Flounder can be found in Boston Harbor throughout the entire year. However, they are more abundant during the warmer months, particularly in late spring and summer.  Due to the flounder’s remarkable camouflage abilities, they easily blend into sandy or muddy surroundings. This is why they’re sometimes referred to as “chameleons of the sea”, as they can change their coloring to match where they live. Additionally, Flounders are considered bottom-dwelling fish because they spend most of their lives resting on the ocean floor to protect themselves from predators. In Boston Harbor, they can be found in areas with high concentrations of sandy or muddy bottoms. These areas can include around the Boston Harbor Islands or near the harbor mouth.


Next up is the small but mighty silver-colored fish called the herring! Herring are sleek small fish that can range in size from 4 to 18 inches long. However, their size is largely dependent on the type of species. Herring are silvery fish with blue and green colored upper bodies. Their scales are incredibly shiny and reflective which assist them in blending into their environment and protecting themselves against predators. A unique ability of herring is their highly migratory behavior. Herring commonly form schools, which are large groups of fish that swim together in a coordinated manner to offer safety. These schools of herring are huge in number, often containing thousands of herrings moving together in completely synchronized patterns. 


Photo courtesy of WHOI

Another unique aspect of a herring’s life cycle is known as the “herring run”. The herring run refers to an annual migration of herring from ocean to freshwater rivers and streams. This event commonly occurs in the spring, where large schools of herring swim upstream in order to lay their eggs in shallow rivers. The primary herring species found in Boston Harbor's herring run are the alewife and blueback herring, known together as river herring. The Boston Harbor herring run begins in early spring around late March to early April and continues all through may. Herring play an important role in the Boston Harbor ecosystem as they serve as prey for various species including larger fish and seabirds. Within Boston Harbor, herring can be found in cooler saline waters, typically near the mouth of the harbor. Boston Harbor provides a fantastic habitat for its fish, including the herring, with its nutrient-rich waters and the diverse ecosystem of fish and other marine species!


Aleena catches a striped bass!

Last but not least is the stunning Striped Bass, a fish with a sleek, silver body and striking black stripes running from gill to tail! Striped Bass are often regarded as one of the larger species of fish found in Boston Harbor as they can grow up to 5 feet in length! Boston Harbor provides the perfect habitat for striped bass because the environmental, water, and temperature conditions align with the preferences of the striped bass. Additionally, Boston Harbor is rich in food sources and nutrients to allow for the striped bass to thrive. These food sources include baitfish, and the abundance of herring, mackerel, and crabs. Similarly to flounder and herring, striped bass are anadromous. This means that they migrate from saltwater to freshwater to spawn. Afterwards, they typically move downstream to saltwater environments to take care of their offspring. In the spring months of March, April, and May mark their spawning season where striped bass migrate from their coastal habitats to freshwater rivers to spawn. In the summer months of June, July, and August, striped bass move back to coastal waters and they begin to arrive in Boston Harbor as the water and temperature warms up.  During these summer months, the striped bass are abundant in Boston Harbor!


We hope to see you out on the water this summer for our fishing trips, and trips out to the islands. Save the Harbor's youth staff will be out there ready to teach you more about what lives in Boston Harbor!


Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Youth Staffers Conduct Accessibility Audit in Response to Metropolitan Beaches Report Recommendations

 


What is the Metropolitan Beaches Commission?

    In 2006, the Massachusetts Legislature established the Metropolitan Beaches Commission (MBC) with the purpose of conducting a comprehensive examination of the 15 public beaches in the Boston metropolitan region. The Massachusetts Beaches Commission serves as a permanent legislative body entrusted with the responsibility of providing precise findings and recommendations in the Legislature, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the public regarding strategies for improving the public beaches in the region. The Commission is Co-Chaired by Senator Brendan Crighton of Lynn and Representative Adrian Madaro of East Boston, and managed by Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. The Commission is composed of elected officials and community leaders from Boston and the Metropolitan Region’s waterfront neighborhoods, including Save the Harbor’s very own Chris Mancini!


    In the report “Breaking Barriers, Improving Access to the Metropolitan Beaches”, it addresses the areas of improvement that need to be taken to make the 15 public beaches in the Boston metropolitan region more accessible and equitable for people of all backgrounds. The report is composed of Hearing #1: Improving Beach Access for People of Color, Hearing #2: Improving Beach Access for People with Disabilities, and Hearing #3: Improving Beach Access for People Who Don’t Speak English as their First Language. In each hearing, there is an in-depth dive into the issue at hand and how the issue can be addressed. There is a findings section where statistics and data are pulled to draw the conclusions of the severity of the issue. The findings conclude the percentage of people affected due to the issue, as well as the groups in which are most impacted. There is also a highly detailed recommendation section in each hearing, in which it explores how different departments and organizations can contribute to resolving the issue.


Accessibility Audit


    Hearing #2 addresses the limited beach accessibility for individuals with disabilities. Retired Colonel Andrea Gayle-Bennet emphasizes the need for improvement, stating “Access to the beach is limited for those with physical disabilities, which turns them into spectators instead of participants”. Recommendations to address the findings include for DCR to conduct an accessibility audit for parking, ramps, and pathways on the Boston Metropolitan region’s beaches. To address the recommendations, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay began conducting accessibility audits with its summer youth staff in the summer of 2023. 




This is a glimpse into accessibility issues within Carson Beach.



    As a Junior Program Assistant at Save the Harbor this summer, I had the privilege of conducting an accessibility audit, led by Policy Coordinator Jason Rundle. All youth staff members were able to participate in an accessibility audit on the following respective beaches: Carson, Pleasure Bay, Constitution, Georges, Malibu, Nantasket, Revere, Winthrop, Wollaston, and many more beaches located in the Boston Metropolitan region. The accessibility audit I conducted was focused on all the beaches in South Boston which include: the L Street, M Street, Carson, and Pleasure Bay beaches! Our work day began early in the morning because we had a lot of beaches to get to as well as a lot of information to collect. Before beginning our investigation, Jason asked us to consider the environment and cleanliness of all aspects of the beach. He instructed us to take note of any sidewalks or walkways that can be inaccessible to some people, as well as take pictures of the specific issue so that we could record the details in our report. 


    At Carson Beach, we noticed some areas in which the beach could be inaccessible to people with physical disabilities. We observed that certain walking trails were covered with sand, making it harder for runners, families with children, and people in wheelchairs to navigate. We also looked out for safety hazards on the pavement leading up to the beaches, where there were cracks that would be difficult to maneuver for small children or anyone in a wheelchair. Another aspect we looked for was the number of lifeguards on duty. Due to my team conducting the audit early in the morning, we noticed that a lot of lifeguards were still setting up and preparing the beach for visitors that day. When we got the chance, we were able to ask the lifeguards questions that involved the accessibility of the beach. At Carson Beach, the lifeguards told us they were not specifically trained to assist people with accessibilities. When we asked about the equipment they had that assisted people with disabilities on the beach, they showed us the beach house in which both types of beach wheelchairs were kept, which were relatively new and in good condition. However, it was an important discussion topic for us that the entire team of lifeguards, with the exception of two, were not properly trained to assist people with disabilities.




The Carson Beach team asked lifeguards questions concerning beach accessibility.


    My team discovered the same patterns in almost all the beaches we investigated. We noticed a pattern that lifeguards were not properly trained to assist people with disabilities, as well as not knowing how to use the equipment. We noticed slight issues with the cleanliness of the beaches because the paths were filled with sand, and there were cracks on sidewalks that made using strollers or wheelchairs inaccessible. Another issue Jason pointed out to us was all the beach signs that warned beach-goers of important precautions were in English. This causes an issue for people who don’t speak English as a first language. This is a prominent issue and was included in the report as Hearing #3! These same patterns repeated for L Street, M Street, and Pleasure Bay. For Pleasure Bay, we noticed better results because we went there as our last beach destination and the lifeguards were knowledgeable about the accessibility of the beach. Concluding the accessibility audit, Jason had us fill out a feedback form for our observations. We included pictures we took as well as specific issues within each of the beaches that should be looked at. Overall, it was an exciting day as we got to explore the beaches. My team and I had a lot of fun while conducting the accessibility audit, and on one occasion we were able to test the quality of the accessible chairs ourselves!




Youth Staffers got to examine the beach wheelchairs at Constitution Beach!


    All of the data that we collected that day, as well as the observations that youth staffers collected from the other beaches in the region were compiled to create the full accessibility audit. Save the Harbor is now working with DCR to address these accessibility gaps.


Analyzing Hearing #1

Hearing #1 provides a comprehensive analysis focused on enhancing beach access for people of color. In the findings section, statistics about population size are used to emphasize how the majority of Massachusetts residents are White, however, the majority of residents of Boston, Lynn, and Revere identify as Black, Hispanic, or Asian. There is a prevalent issue within the Boston Metropolitan region as people of color have bad perceptions of the safety and accessibility of the beaches. Due to personal experiences, people of color report feeling unwelcome and being uncomfortable at the beach. Lastly, The Commission also found that these perceptions were influenced by historical and current images of violence and conflict on beaches. Due to the reasons listed above, people of color feel uncomfortable going to the beach.


The report recommends that the Commission and Save the Harbor regularly and publicly reaffirm their commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusive access to the region's public beaches. To achieve this, there is a strong emphasis on utilizing the Better Beaches Program. The Commission must advocate for increased investment in the Better Beaches program as it has given consistent and impactful outcomes in the past. The Better Beaches grant continues to support and uplift local organizations that are impactful in creating a diverse and welcoming community on the region’s public beaches.




Performers at the "Beats on the Beach" block party this August!



   My personal thoughts for addressing “Hearing #1: Improving Beach Access for People of Color” align with the Commission's recommendations to increase funding for the Better Beaches program. Since 2008, Save the Harbor has partnered with the Department of Conservation and Recreation to award grants to local organizations and artists who activate the public beaches through free public events and programs. The Better Beaches Program has been very successful in improving connections to the beach for people of all communities. The free beach events and programs that are supported by the Better Beaches grant have improved beach access for all Boston Metropolitan region’s residents: this includes people of color, people with disabilities, and those who do not speak English as their first language. 


The Better Beaches program can be best applied to promote diversity within public beaches because events can be held to support different cultures and traditions. Abdi Ali of the East Boston Racism Community Coalition states, “Free cultural activities are really important. When I hear music that is relevant and inviting to me, I feel welcome and comfortable in that public space”. Beaches are an inviting venue to capture the essence of the diverse culture in the Boston Metropolitan area. With an increase in funding for the Better Beaches program, money should be allocated to support diversity within the array of public beaches. Multicultural events, programs, food, and entertainment create a more welcoming and inclusive atmosphere on our public beaches and are significant in improving beach access for people of color.



Attendees dance at the 2023 Lynn Diversity Matters Fest!




Written by: Macki Mei

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Introducing Save the Harbor's Youth Communications Assistant!

Hello Everyone!
My name is Macki Mei. I’m the new Youth Communications Assistant here at Save the Harbor! With my first blog, I wanted to introduce myself and what you can look forward to seeing from me over the next few months. To start off, I’m currently a junior in high school at Josiah Quincy Upper School. I’ve lived in the neighborhood of Dorchester almost my entire life. In my free time, I enjoy going on walks and exploring new places which is why I chose to work at Save the Harbor this summer! Last year when I was looking for a summer job, I knew that I wanted it to align with some key interests of mine. These interests include biology, marine life, and the environment.
Leah, Kayla and I (right) on a field trip this summer!
Once I learned more about Save the Harbor’s mission and impact, I knew that this summer job was a perfect opportunity for me to grow my interests as well as my knowledge of the environment around me. After reading the value statement and publications of Save the Harbor, it motivated me to get involved with the organization through the summer job program. Going into the summer, I was looking forward to being out in nature and exploring new places in and around Boston. One of the main aspects about this summer job that stood out to me was that I was going to get hands-on experience. We’re not learning about the environment and the Boston Harbor through articles like we typically do in classes. We’re learning about Boston Harbor and the environment first hand, through exploring the Boston Harbor Islands, asking questions directly to the staff at those islands, and seeing it for ourselves. We were walking and exploring the same place that we learned was once a landfill on Spectacle Island, and got to see how much the island has evolved through efforts made by Boston residents and the City of Boston. After many years since Spectacle Island reopened to the public in 2006, we saw how it has been well-maintained. Seeing how the island was conserved inspired me to share the history of the island to its visitors through the All Access program with Save the Harbor.
Sea glass from the shores of Spectacle Island!
As a current junior in high school, I’m always looking for opportunities in which I can grow and prepare myself for the future. Working at Save the Harbor this summer was a perfect opportunity for me to learn if marine biology or biology in general was a possible career path for me. It was a perfect introduction to learn about the Boston Harbor and the environment through first hand experience. It was impactful to me to hear from professionals in their respective fields, and see if those careers were suitable for me. Being part of the Save the Harbor team this summer was one of my favorite experiences, I loved everyone I met working there and it felt like one big family.
My team at Camp Harbor View
The last topic I want to mention is my role as Save the Harbor’s new Youth Communications Assistant! After the great experience I had during the summer with Save the Harbor, I discussed school year opportunities with the full time staff there about opportunities during the school year. I mentioned my idea of wanting to contribute to Save the Harbor’s blog and write for it, and through talking to Chris and Kristen I was given the opportunity to write for the blog! The topics I will be writing about involve Save the Harbor as an organization and topics that involve the mission of Save the Harbor. You can look forward to reading blogs about climate change, climate resiliency, harbor ecology, and Boston Harbor marine life.

Thank you for reading my introductory blog, and please look forward to the new blogs I will be publishing!
-Macki

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Introducing Jen to Save The Harbor

 We are delighted to introduce Ms. Jen Xiong (she/her), the newest addition to our team as the Administrative Coordinator. Armed with a recently earned degree in Economics, Jen is an accomplished individual with a profound commitment to our shared vision for a cleaner and more inclusive marine environment.

Originating from the hometown of Lexington, MA, Jen's roots are deeply embedded in a community known for its rich history and vibrant culture. With a notable professional background as an Administrative Assistant at the Golden Age Community Center in Boston, Jen has honed her organizational and coordination skills, ensuring seamless operations to support the center's mission. Her experience has solidified her dedication to fostering positive change and efficiency in every role she undertakes.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Jen is a proud enthusiast, always eager for new adventures. Her passion for travel has taken her to various corners of the globe, including enchanting destinations such as Costa Rica, Thailand, and Puerto Rico. Through these journeys, Jen has explored the beaches and islands of these diverse locales, gaining a firsthand appreciation for the beauty and importance of marine environments.

In the pursuit of personal growth and community involvement, Jen has set a short-term goal to achieve certification in yoga within the next year. This aspiration reflects her commitment to well-being and her desire to contribute to the community on a deeper level. 

Save the Harbor is thrilled to have someone of Jen's caliber on board. We believe her unique blend of skills, passion for positive change, and dedication to community involvement, coupled with her global perspective gained from exploring various coastal regions, will be invaluable assets in advancing our mission.

Please join us in welcoming Jen Xiong to Save the Harbor. We look forward to the waves of positive change she will undoubtedly create and the impact she will make on our marine environment.

Here's to efficiency, fun, and the promising journey ahead!




MBC and DCR Convene for 2023 Metropolitan Beaches Commission Annual Hearing at the Statehouse

11/21/2023  

Metropolitan Beaches Commissioners left to right: Representative Tackey Chan, Kerin O'Toole, Mercy Robinson, Representative Jessica Giannino, Senator Brendan Crighton, Representative Adrian Madaro, Representative Joan Meschino, Assistant Deputy Commissioner Susan Hamilton

BOSTON – For the first time since the COVID-19 shutdown, the Metropolitan Beaches Commission gathered on Beacon Hill on October 31 for an in-person hearing on the state of the region’s beaches. This was also the first opportunity for the Commission to hear from recently appointed DCR Commissioner Brian Arrigo on his priorities and vision for the agency. The Metropolitan Beaches Commission is managed by Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and is responsible for making recommendations on the maintenance, improvement and accessibility of the region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket.  

  

Over 100 people attended the hearing in person or over Teams as DCR Commissioner Brian Arrigo testified to the agency's efforts to address recommendations from the MBC's Breaking Barriers report, including steps towards equity and diversity-focused hiring practices and improvements to ADA-accessibility. Commissioner Arrigo also committed to adding more multilingual signage to the region’s beaches before the 2024 beach season.  

  

“We are really proud of all the work that has brought us to this point today,” said Commission Co-Chair Senator Brendan Crighton. “Our collective work to break down with a particular focus on racial equity and language equity has identified concrete action steps to help address very complex long-standing issues that impact our beaches and communities.”  

DCR’s public beaches belong to everyone, and all of our residents should be able to safely access and enjoy them,” said DCR Commissioner Brian Arrigo. “We are committed to working with the Commission and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay to ensure our metropolitan region’s public beaches are welcoming places for everyone regardless of race, ability, language or income.”

The MBC and Commissioner Arrigo also discussed potential for improving the flagging protocols on our region's beaches to communicate to the public more clearly on the infrequent days when water quality may be potentially unsafe for swimming, usually following a heavy rainfall. While Massachusetts continues to boast some of the country’s cleanest urban beaches, stormwater runoff can impact that quality. Director of Green Infrastructure for the City of Boston Kate England addressed the increased impacts of stormwater due to climate change and the potential to mitigate those impacts through strategic green infrastructure improvements, teeing up the Commission’s next efforts to address climate resiliency and sea level rise along our coast. 

  

“The beaches are absolutely a critical open space and natural resource for the Commonwealth and need ongoing improvements.” said Co-Chair Rep. Adrian Madaro. “We have had great success working in partnership with DCR to upgrade our public beaches and are looking forward to continuing our collaboration so all families can enjoy them no matter what part of the world they come from.” 

  

The Commission also heard testimony from members of the public who spoke to the success of the Better Beaches Program, which brough over 200 free public and diverse cultural events to the beaches this past summer, and also addressed community specific concerns about water quality in Lynn and Dorchester that the Commission will continue to try and address. 

  

“It's terrific to have a Commissioner that shares our goals and values when it comes to making our spectacular urban beaches accessible to everyone," said Save the Harbor Executive Director Chris Mancini. "We're looking forward to supporting and collaborating with our partners at DCR to continue breaking barriers for people of color, people with disabilities and those who don't speak English as a first language. And to see if we can’t do something about rising seas while we’re at it.” 

  

Next steps for the MBC are to keep partnering with DCR to address the infrastructure and equity priorities discussed at the hearing, and to host a series of community charrettes in beachfront neighborhoods on strategies for dealing with rising seas and other effects of climate change.  

  

For more information and to connect with the MBC, visit www.savetheharbor.org/mbc 

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

It is so Hard to Say Goodbye

Goodbye Save the Harbor,



    It was a pleasure being a Senior Harbor Expert. As I sit here reflecting on my time with this wonderful organization, I can't help but feel grateful for all the experiences I've had. From sailing on the open sea to learning about the incredible marine life at the aquarium, I've had the privilege of seeing some truly amazing things. One of the highlights of my time with Save the Harbor was working with the JPEs in my second session. These young people were so enthusiastic and dedicated to their work, and it was a joy to see them grow and develop throughout our time together. I'll never forget the day we went fishing together. 

    The JPEs worked to ensure that everyone was participating and getting involved, and their hard work paid off. We caught some incredible fish that day, and I was so proud of the team for all their efforts. As I say goodbye to Save the Harbor, I know that I'll always cherish the memories I've made here. It's been an incredible journey, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of this amazing organization. Thank you, Save the Harbor, for all that you've done for me and for the community. I'll always remember my time here with fondness and pride.

First Summer with Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay


Hello,

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for Save the Harbor. As a senior finance major at Tuskegee University, I have had the privilege of working with some of the programs that Save the Harbor partners with. However, it was only recently that I became fully aware of the significant impact that this organization has on the environment. Save the Harbor is not only dedicated to keeping the Boston Harbor safe and clean but they are also recognized for its role in educating people about pollution on a national scale. Through my experience with the organization, I have learned a lot about the Harbor, thanks to their knowledgeable LHEs and JPEs. We spend our days teaching kids how to fish and teaching about the islands as we are learning ourselves every day.

The commitment and passion that Save the Harbor bring to their work is truly remarkable. Witnessing the significant difference they make daily is truly inspiring. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this organization and look forward to continuing to learn from and work with them in the future. Sincerely, Darius Anderson

Friday, August 18, 2023

last blog of summer '23

Hey guys it’s Chrisnel! 💁‍♀️ 

    This summer has been so much fun and I’m so sad that it’s ending :(! These past two months I worked at the sites All Access and the Children’s Museum which are very different from each other. I’m not gonna lie I liked All Access more because of the ferry rides and the fact that I got to see hundreds of people in a singular day. Children’s was a lot slower since you’re outside the museum all day doing the same thing. Where as All Access time seems to go by a lot quicker with greeting the groups coming, the ferry ride, and the amount of things to do on the islands. But Children’s was fun in its own way, seeing so many tourists walk by and seeing their surprise as I tell them all the little fun facts about our harbor that I’ve learned this summer was so fun to me.

Isis and Kimani with Montrell the Green Crab at Childrens

Something that I didn’t expect from this job is the amount of knowledge I’ve picked up without even realizing. Like the fact that rain storms washes a lot sewage and bacteria into our harbor. I learned this from the amount of times our activities were canceled this past month because of rainy August has been lol. I also learned a lot about green crabs, an invasive species in our harbor that you can tell the gender of by looking at the shape of its abdomen. And lastly, before working here I had no clue how nasty the Boston Harbor used to be.

I enjoyed all of the people I’ve met this summer. I had never expected to get so close to so many people and I’m gonna miss everyone so much. Now that summer is over I’m looking forward to soccer season this fall, and starting my second year of high school!  

Ari and I during the Turner Construction site tour!


See you guys next summer xx


My final blog for save the harbor

My final week and blog of save the harbor is been a wild funny and interesting part of my summer I've worked at all excess where we went to islands teaching kids how to fish,played games with them,help them touch crabs,and all in all had fun. The other place I worked out for the next half was the boston children's museum where we stood outside teaching kids how to fish(again) and let them touch crabs and draw, So it was a little boring at this site but I still had good friends who could make it really interesting. Through out all of these I learned how to fish,kayak,and sail alot better than before so I can now enjoy the seas alot better after the job. Just like how I enjoyed the best feild trip of this job the kayaking and sailing had to be one of the best ones there was just the speed I was able to gain on people that were sailing was satisfying. It makes me miss the things I'll do here when fall comes. But luckily I'll be able to see the friend's I wasn't able to see during the summer.


Monday, August 7, 2023

New Sites

Hey y’all I'm back! 
     Now being at AABH is very cool. I get to go on fishing trips and go to Spectacle and Georges Island. It is very chill and I get to interact with so many different groups of kids. I definitely don't go a day where we are not laughing and having fun with the other kids. I’m not gonna lie when you are at AABH time goes way faster which is great because it's always a pretty easy day. I got to experience my first fishing trip and it was very fun. I got to help some kids and fish as well. Although MK literally ditched me so I was stuck with Will, Giacomo, Henry, and Erik 😐. But I still had lots of fun!
After a day @ Spectacle ppl get sleepy 😴



    


We have also been going on trips with all the staff on Friday's! My 2 favorites are the trip we took to Piers Park and are most recent to the Aquarium. At Piers Park we went kayaking and sailing, I loved it until I fell in the water like 4 different times, once my fault and the rest were Harry’s. But it was mad hot outside so it felt great. The sailing was very cool, I got to get to know one of the staff members at Piers Park and we had a blast talking and getting to bond. Last friday we went to the aquarium. I was so excited because I haven’t been to the aquarium since I was like 5. I got to touch a Stingray for the first time in a while. While there we got to meet with the youth staff there as well and played a few games to get to know each other. I loved playing zip, zap, zop, never played it until we went there and I will definitely be using that game in the future. This week was a blast, but I can’t wait to see what this upcoming week has for me, especially for the trip to Georges and for the upcoming Fishing trips! SEA YALL NEXT TIME!!!
-Bri









End of July

 

(a picture from last year at CHV)


    So July is already over; somehow, I thought this month would be longer.  For the past month at all access, we've caught only crabs. Like last time they were green crabs.  A fun fact about green crabs is that they are not all green some are red. The way you can tell is the number of spikes on their shells.  There are 5 on each side so you can spell out the word green.  They don't really grow very big and most of them are so small their claws are tiny.  However, occasionally there is one that is larger.  you can find them in Europe because that's in their name the European Green Crab.  Also, in Boston Harbor, because they are invasive to the area, that's why we catch so many.  They eat squid which is great for us because that's what we use for bait!

    Now something else we caught a skate, wait no we never actually caught it it fell off the hook. Since I didn't catch the skate we did catch some spider crabs and if this sounds like all the other times I write about what we catch because that's really all we catch, however everything we catch excites the public because it gives them a chance to interact with the water differently.  Spider crabs look like a spider because they have very long legs and claws. They can get really big compared to a green crab. They're huge but, their claws are really weak.  They can't even hold on to the bait if they're on the hook they'll just fall off when they reach the surface.  


    My favorite part about all access is just everything you get to enjoy working on an island. When we're at Spectacle we can go swimming after we finish with the fishing.  There's usually some wind so when it was supposed to be almost 100 degrees outside it wasn't as bad; it was still really hot but at least it wasn't 100 degrees. Getting to explore these islands with my co-workers and teach the public really makes the summer so much fun!


    Next week I'm going to be working at CHV so the one thing I'm excited about is the food that they give to us and meeting the new campers!  They always have something good at breakfast and lunch and the campers are super enthusiastic.  Also, it's just really fun to work here.  

well, that's about all I can think of so see you next time.

new site

 

     

    Well, sort of a new site, I worked at CHV last year.  The schedule of the day was about the same as last year; get to the boat, set up, eat breakfast (not as good as last year but still good), get our first group, then the second, eat lunch, fishing club, put everything away, get on the boat, and that's it; one entire day at CHV.  


    The one thing different about working at CHV this year is that we don't work there on Fridays because we now use that day for a staff day where we go do different things like last Friday we went to the aquarium. Going to the aquarium was really fun I could've watched the penguins swim around for hours.  I learned that their teen staff basically does a lot of things whether it's checking on what marine species are in the harbor or doing everything else.  This was interesting to me because I've only seen a couple of people from the aquarium on our all access trips to spectacle island, and I never knew what they were doing.  Now I know they were pulling up traps to see what was in the water. 


    Another Friday that I enjoyed is when we went to Peirs Park because it was a really nice day and we all just got to relax on a boat.  Also when we went kayaking my boat didn't flip and I never fell in, unlike a few people.  we also went sailing and the boat I was on had someone who works for Peirs Park and also works at CHV doing the sailing. 


    Next week Im excited to just have a nice day working on an island.

Goodbye for now and see you on the water!

Sunday, August 6, 2023

All Access!

 Hello, it’s me again harry and I just finished my first week at All Access. I’m enjoying this a lot because I get to be on a boat and go to the islands. My favorite has to be George’s Island because we explored the island and went inside the dark tunnel. My new team is also really fantastic because everyone is so lovely.


My favorite staff Friday has to be the aquarium because I just love going to the aquarium. I just like watching the fishes swim around and looking at the penguins hop around and swim. I learned about how much fun it is to work at the aquarium and how nice it is to work with marine life. One question I would ask then is if they are hiring because working at the aquarium seems like something I would be interested in in the future.


Another staff Friday was at Piers Park because I was able to kayak and sail in one day. I had a lot of fun spending time with everyone and enjoying the water. I fell multiple times but I had a blast. I learned a lot about how talented the people who work there are because I have no idea how to sail. I would ask them how they sail because I would like to learn and sail on my own one day.


I’m excited to work at Spectacle and George’s Island again because it was indeed a different experience from children’s. Also, another Friday staff bc so far everyone's Friday has been amazing and I’m definitely looking forward to another one. That’s it for my blog for this week.


See you at the harbor!


Harry