Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Beach Ramble

On Columbus Day, Allens Pond Massachusetts Audubon Sanctuary held the final Beach Ramble of the year.  An other great ramble led by Doug.  Two families with their children showed up for the ramble and everybody had a great time.  The children were excellent in finding different items to be identified and Doug takes explained what they were and some of the items natural history.

What surprised both Doug and myself, was the condition of the beach.  The majority of cobbles were gone, and there was very little wrack on the beach.  The day was wonderful with the sun shining and hardly any breeze.

Fall Foliage, Poison Ivy and Hemlock Berries

Even the youngest one had fun

On the return to the field station, the children discovered a monarch butterfly in the grass, folding and unfolding its wings and absorbing the heat from the sun, before it left on its long migration.

The next beach ramble will be the annual New Year's afternoon walk at the beach.  Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the date.