Saturday, March 24, 2012
A Quiet Morning on the Upper Concord
The serenity I found this morning at the Old North Bridge in Concord will, in a few weeks, be replaced by the sounds of fife and drum with muskets firing as the 1775 battle is re-enacted one more time.
After launching at Lowell Road and passing under the "rude bridge", I continued downriver and under Monument Street, where this mink tipped me off to some 'March Madness' ahead...
Reaching Great Meadows, another curious mink was seen patrolling the water's edge...
Only one other boat was seen on the water today and it was a small outboard manned with US Fish and Wildlife officers.
Wildlife, in addition to the 2 minks, were wood ducks, mallards, Canada geese, red-winged blackbirds, small woodpeckers, a musquash, and a red-tailed hawk.
Near Ball's Hill, everyone went ashore for a short conference before we began heading back to Lowell Road...
Recently, a photograph of a sign along the Housatonic River, warning of PCB contamination was posted. In fairness, here's a photo (taken 3/22) of a sign typical of those seen along the Concord and Sudbury Rivers warning of mercury contamination. In both situations the contaminants are found in the bottom sediment and, unfortunately, will be around for a long time to come.
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