Friends of Belle Isle Marsh

Recent Bird Sightings

High Tides

Boston Harbor Tides
(add 20 mins. for
Belle Isle Inlet)

November 2014

23 11:18 23:54
24 12:02
25 0:40 12:48
26 1:28 13:38
27 2:20 14:32
28 3:15 15:30
29 4:14 16:32
30 5:14 17:37

Thanks to Bird Observer Magazine for this tide data.

Sky and Telescope

This Week's Sky at a Glance

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The Blue Hills: Archaeological Wonder of Epic Proportions

The Blue Hills: Archaeological Wonder of Epic Proportions is the Friends of the Blue Hills Keynote given at the Annual Celebration October 9, 2014. The speech was given by Joe Bagley, Boston City Archaeologist. It is an incredibly interesting short presentation about that blue mass that dominates our southern horizon. It makes clear the presence of the indigenous Massachusetts people whom we seldom ever think about. It's a great read at

The Office of the Boston City Archaeologist.

Living with Water Report

Boston - Urban Land Report

View the Urban Land Institute website here to read the full report.

Breeding Bird Atlas 2

Red-wing Blackbird

More than 650 volunteer citizen scientists worked more than 43,000 hours from 2007-2011 to complete the new Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas 2. This work gives us a rare glimpse in the detailed changes in our breeding birdlife, and tells the story of each species history in the state. Join us and explore the Black-capped Chickadee, the Bald Eagle, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, the Great-horned Owl and more than 200 other species.

The results of this work are valuable treasure for the future of bird conservation in Massachusetts. They give us a clear picture of the range of all species that breed in the Commonwealth, and when compared to Atlas 1 they give us clear proof of the changes in our breeding birdlife since 1979.

Available online

State of the Birds - 2013

State of the Birds - 2013

Available online

New Federal Duck Stamp

Duck Stamp

You can buy Federal Duck Stamps from the
United States Postal Service
Phone: 1-800 STAMP-24 (1-800-782-6724)
Online: The Postal Store

Note: Once at the website enter search text "Duck Stamps" in upper right hand corner.
Or call your local post office to check Duck Stamp availability.

Save the Harbor / Save the Bay's
2013 Beach Water Quality Report Card

On Sunday, May 26, 2013 Save the Harbor / Save the Bay released its second annual Beaches Report Card on water quality and flagging accuracy on the Boston Harbor Region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

Download a copy of Save the Harbor / Save the Bay's 2013 Beach Water Quality Report Card for the Boston Harbor Region's public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket.

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Sightings are for the last 2 weeks reported to eBird and include Belle Isle Park in Boston and Belle Isle Cemetery in Winthrop.

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