Oliver Mill Park, Middleborough, MA

Herring In The River

The Spring migration of the herring from Mount Hope Bay up the Taunton and Nemasket Rivers to Lake Assawompsett and other ponds to spawn announces by the sea gulls who follow them, always ready for a meal. This migration of herring has always governed any changes considered on the Nemasket River. The fish were generally used as food or fertilizer, or lobster bait, but there is a record of them being used as a payment of services.

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it’s not spring unless the herring are swimming up local rivers, en route to their summer spawning areas. So put down those cell phones, pack up your young explorers and scientists, and experience nature at its finest in Middleboro Massachusetts, at Oliver Mill Park. Enjoy local history and a whole lot more.


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I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least – and it is commonly more than that – sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.Henry David Thoreau


Oliver Mill and Water Snakes

Earth has been around for 4.5 billion years. For 700 million years it was Pummeled by asteroids. She has gone though 5 major extinctions, some say we are experiencing the sixth as I write this blog. But all and all, today was a good day for me. How ’bout you?

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Another great day at Oliver Mill Park Middleboro, MA. The only thing missing was the grandchildren.  Met some folks from New England Herpetological  Society, hope I got it right. They were handling a few water snakes. Very well informed on a subject that I just happened to be quiet fond of myself. Remember the quote by Professor Barnhardt to Mr. Carpenter in The Day The Earth Stood Still  ” It isn’t faith that makes good science, Mr. Klaatu, it’s curiosity. Sit down, please. There are several thousand questions I’d like to ask you. ” That’s how I felt talking to these men. Below are two water snakes of different size. Further down, Red Wing Black bird, and Goose with young. For more great stuff from Oliver Mill, visit the Categories links on right side of page. Or click on links below:  Also, below, the Videos from today at Oliver Mill with the water snakes.  And of course, just for the heck of it, below, shows the kids with a  Python, if not mistaken. Marla Isaac, from New England Reptile & Raptor Exhibits came to Brendon’s Birthday party many years ago, Brendon is now 21.  Some images below can be enlarged by clicking. 

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A green space, Oliver Mill Park, in  Middleboro, MA, is a great place to bring the family.  The Nemasket River and the surrounding area are fantastic ecological neighborhoods to explore with the kids. Below is a short video of herring migration. Also, below, A great blue heron, with Sea Lamprey in its bill. Yes, Sea Lamprey.



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