Neglected, Forgotten, Reborn.
|Posted by Ben Cote on April 14, 2011 at 7:19 AM||comments (0)|
Of all the wildlife sightings in the Ten Mile watershed, beavers seem to be the ones that excite me the most. I have been exploring the Ten Mile River since I was old enough to, and learning all I could about the natural world from it. I didn't notice it, but looking back I have seen huge changes in the watershed, and in the animals that call it home. The first time I saw a fox was in the early 90s in Slater Park. The first coyote I saw was on the Ten Mile in Pawtucket, even more memorable was the first coyote I heard howl in the darkness as my friend and I walked up the railroad tracks in the area of Central Pond one night several years ago. Countless deer, otter, muskrat. great blue herron, mink, and even bald eagle are now at home on this once dead river.
It was about 4 years ago. I was heading to the store and decided to go to the river for a few minutes behind the Benny's plaza on Central Ave. There was a big beaver by the river a few yards away chewing on some branches. I watched him for a while until he swam out of sight. I've had two more sightings, both on the Counctry Club Pond. Yesterday, I was out in the rain and followed a swampy stream to a place I used to go when I was a kid. There is no trail there, and you have to pass through the swamp, trying to avoid becoming a victim of the mud. I seem to have mastered this from countless days of playing here with friends, and it still stays with me to this day. After a few minutes, I noticed that where there was once just a small brook, there was now a pond. Then I saw the dam, and realized that this is most likely the work of beavers. It is in a secluded spot where people don't usually go. Just another species that has returned after so long. Life is returning to our river!
|Posted by Ben Cote on April 11, 2011 at 9:09 AM||comments (0)|
The guided walk on april 10th was a very good time. Sixteen walkers showed up and we discussed the recreational possibilities at the Ten Mile River Reservation. Thank you to everybody that came along, and a big thank you to Sue Monk for all the hard work that she put in on the trail the last week. She is a true friend of the Ten Mile River! I look forward to seeing everybody at our upcoming events! Ben.
|Posted by [email protected] on March 14, 2011 at 7:33 PM||comments (0)|
The Sun Chronicle just reported on a restoration project on the Ten Mile River in the heart of downtown Attleboro, MA. The Horsley Witten Group (HWG) was contracted to design and perform the restoration, which includes stabilizing and restoring 1.800 linear feet of river bank; the creation of multi-use path; and invasive species management.
The full article from the Sub Chronicle is located at http://www.thesunchronicle.com/articles/2011/03/14/news/9010919.txt\
A conceptual site model for the restoration project, prepared by HWG, is located at http://www.horsleywitten.com/pubs/november18_presentation.pdf\
|Posted by [email protected] on February 19, 2011 at 2:57 PM||comments (0)|
Wow, two reports of bald eagles in the watershed. The first comes from Ben who met some people at the CC dam today. They told him that they have seen bald eagles recently while paddling through the Ten Mile Reservation. Up near the falls at the old mill site. The second is from Keith who said there were bald eagles sighted on the Palmer River. Great News!!!