Sunday, July 30, 2023

First Month at All Access Boston harbor

Mottled Duck

       Mottled Ducks spotted at Boston children's museum

A fun fact about the mottled duck is that its scientific name is Anas fulvigula. the typical site of these ducks range from 18.5 - 22.5 inches. These ducks can be found all around the US. Freshwater wetlands including marshes, lakes, ponds, ditches, impoundments, flooded fields (including rice fields), stormwater collection areas, mosquito control reservoirs, and sewage treatment plants are where these ducks enjoy staying. Approximately 40 percent of the mottled duck's diet consists of insects, snails, mollusks, crayfish and small fish. The remainder of its diet is composed of grass seeds, stems, and roots; seeds of other marsh plants; and bayberries. Mottled Ducks are “dabbling ducks” that feed at the surface or tip up to reach submerged vegetation. They rarely dive unless being pursued by a predator.

                               Green crabs

                                                        green crabs caught at spectacle island

The green crab is considered one of the most invasive species in the marine environment. It has few predators, aggressively hunts and eats its prey, destroys seagrass, and outcompetes local species for food and habitat. Green crabs can be identified by their unique shell shape. Adult shells can be up to 4 inches across. The green crab is a small shore crab whose native distribution is in the northeast Atlantic Ocean and Baltic Sea, ranging along coasts from northern Africa to Norway and Iceland.

                                    All Access

All Access Boston Harbor offers fun, FREE day trips for youth groups and community organizations to visit DCR’s Spectacle Island and Georges Island. this month has been a riveting experience. Even though I did all access last year this year has been more interactive and exciting. On of my favorite days this month would be days we go to Georges island. The story of the ominous lady in black robes that wanders about the grounds of Fort Warren is a welcoming on on Thursday mornings. 

See you next week!

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