Paine’s Creek Herring Run Mating Dance – Brewster.MA.Life

Paine's Creek Herring Run Mating Dance - Brewster.MA.Life

Did you get to see the Herring run this season? Here’s a quick video following the annual Spring Herring run up Paine’s Creek in Brewster, Cape Cod.


Also known as Alewives and Bluebacks, river Herring have been migrating from the ocean to fresh water ponds and streams in Springtime for centuries. Native people as well as European settlers depended on them as a food staple.

Today it is illegal to harvest river Herring in the Paine’s Creek estuary and across Massachusetts.

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The ponds of Brewster MA

The ponds of Brewster, MA, provide an important habitat for aquatic life and are a great natural resource for our community. Yet, the scenic beauty and recreational benefits often mask the problems growing beneath the surface.

Only five of Brewster’s Ponds are now considered to be of high quality when compared to Cape Cod Commission pond guidelines.

A vast majority of Brewster’s ponds suffer some level of impairment including lack of clarity, nutrient loading and low dissolved oxygen which limits survival in the aquatic habitat.

Cape Cod’s Ponds serve as a looking glass into the future of our drinking water and Cape Cod’s aquifer provides 100% of our drinking water.

Recharged entirely by precipitation, the groundwater is extremely susceptible to contamination from various land uses and activities. Brewster and most of Cape Cod’s drinking water quality is generally very good.

But, over the past fifteen years, there has been a trend toward some degradation. Nitrate levels in public drinking water supplies are rising. The correlation between human development and aquifer degradation is evident.

According to the Brewster Freshwater Ponds Final Report, a review of total nitrogen to total phosphorus ratios shows that all Brewster ponds are “phosphorus limited,” which means that management of phosphorus will be THE KEY for determining water quality in these ponds. It also means that reductions in phosphorus will have to be a part of any remediation plans.

Interested in local efforts to save Cape Cod’s Ponds, contact The Brewster Ponds Coalition. Together we can keep Brewster’s ponds healthy, safe and beautiful.

Beautiful Breakwater Beach – Brewster.MA.Life

 

Found just a short drive off 6A in the center of Brewster, Breakwater Beach landing is one of the most popular beaches in the town and has an ample parking area.

One of eight peaceful beaches, with gentle dunes, warm water and lots of pools at low tide make this an excellent spot for families with easy access for the grandparents.

The beach doesn’t get too crowded and you can walk out quite far during low tide on the flats. A perfect spot for children to explore the tidal pools, catch small fish, hermit crabs and be amazed at the dramatic movement of the tides over the course of a few hours.

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Paines Creek Herring Run – Brewster.MA.Life

Paines Creek Herring Run - Brewster.MA.Life

 

Did you get to see the Herring run this season? Here’s a quick video following the annual Spring Herring run up Paine’s Creek in Brewster, Cape Cod.

Also known as Alewives and Bluebacks, river Herring have been migrating from the ocean to fresh water ponds and streams in Springtime for centuries.

Native people as well as European settlers depended on them as a food staple. Today it is illegal to harvest river Herring in the Paine’s Creek estuary and across Massachusetts.

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Cliff Pond Nickerson Park – Brewster Cape Cod MA

Cliff Pond Nickerson State Park Cape Cod

Cliff Pond is 204 acre kettlehole pond, the largest in Nickerson State Park. The pond gets its name from the cliffs surrounding the pond.

The 2.6 miles of protected shoreline are undeveloped pitch pine and dry oak woodlands with a moderately challenging trail with big views, a giant boulder and plenty of opportunities to walk along soft sand beaches.

Transparency is exceptional, extending to 23 feet, and aquatic vegetation is scant. The pond is heavily used by boaters during the summer months.

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Mants Landing – Brewster Cape Cod MA

Mants Landing Cape Cod

Mants Landing in Brewster, also known as Robbins Hill beach, is a playground for children to explore the tidal pools searching for small fish, shells, and crabs.

Not too crowded, with ample parking. One of the entrances has stairs right off the parking area. The oyster grants appear as the tide recedes, which can occur rapidly. Parents should be aware if they take the family on a long walk out on the flats to explore.

Although there is no snack bar, an ice cream truck routinely visits to offer snacks and refreshments.

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Brewster

brewster ma lifeWelcome to life in Brewster, MA.

First settled in 1656 as a parish of the town of Harwich, the town separated as the northern, wealthier parish in 1693.

Brewster was named in honor of Elder William Brewster, the first religious leader of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony.

Many of of the town’s business institutions were all on Brewster’s main street (now Route 6A), including the town hall and churches.

After a minor civil uprising, Brewster was officially incorporated as its own town in 1803.

The town’s history grew around Stony Brook, where the first water-powered grist and woolen mill in the country was founded in the late 17th century.

There were many rich sea captains in the town who built many of the mansions and stately homes which now constitute the town’s inns and bed-and-breakfasts.

Most notable of these are the Brewster Historical Society Captain Elijah Cobb House on Lower Road, the Crosby Mansion on Crosby Lane by Crosby Beach, and the Captain Freeman Inn on Breakwater Road.

Brewster’s unique natural assets of more than 5,000 acres of conservation land with walking and biking trails; a herring run where the alewife migrate to their home pond; salt and fresh water beaches; ponds and forests set the backdrop for the eco-tourist’s experience.

Points of interest

  • Wings Island
  • Brewster Conservation Trust Walking Trails
  • Brewster Historical Society Museum
  • Brewster Ladies’ Library
  • The Blue Island Crab
  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
  • Herring Run @ Stony Brook Grist Mill
  • Cape Cod Sea Camps
  • Captain Freeman Inn
  • Chatham Bars Inn Farm, Brewster
  • Crosby Mansion
  • Paines Creek
  • Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club
  • Nickerson State Park
  • The Woodshed

View our official Brewster community page at Brewster.MA.Life

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