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  1. Cleaning and Environmental Teaching at Alewife
    Conservation lessons go beyond books

    April is an important month for spring cleaning and celebrating life forms and natural resources at Alewife. Friends groups of Alewife Reservation, Jerry’s Pond Fresh Pond, all celebrated the coming of spring with cleanups and youth activities leaving most of the Alewife area devoid of famiiar trash, with the exception of the Route 16 rotary area. At Alewife and Fresh Pond, volunteer surveyors captured interesting species with cell phones, and noted plants, birds, and a newly reported reptile, named Northern Brown snake, identified by Earthwatch Research Director, Stan Rullman. At Alewife Reservation, residents and families from surrounding towns, Somerville, North Shore and Cambridge came for the annual state-wide cleanup. Earth Watch visitor Mike Mulqueen, taught visitors to post their species findings on the world website, INaturalist.com, which pools and ID’s nature photos among common species within specific local or world-wide locations, e.g. Alewife urban wild. As participants located biodiversity, the participants also cleaned 6 sections of the Reservation by recycling materials and gathering large amounts of trash as requested by MA Park Serve Day DCR directives and duplicated across the Commonwealth. At Alewife Reservation 6 cubic yards were removed. Jerry’s Pond volunteers collected nearly 3 cubic yards and was highly attended by neighbors and Fresh Pond Apartments. Also on board at Alewife were Aquarium Live Blue team under supervision of Evan Henerberry, continuing until 2pm. “The cleanup”, said President Ellen Mass, “comes at a most important time, when high levels of Cambridge development are impacting the rare city resources such as recent presence of a dead swan and weakened duck, and turbid smelly water at the storm water wetland, preventing water fowl nesting. Alarming water change qualities and colors were also noted just below new construction on Route 2 at the city wetlands by passer-byers. FAR requested testing for the area’s discharge areas which flow to Little River. Afterwards, a clean bill of water quality was given by Haley and Aldrich international consultant firm. Many monitors and stewards are needed to protect the open space along the “Alewife Corridor”, as the Earthos Insititute Tufts Symposium highlighted recently.

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