Wing’s Island in Brewster, Cape Cod is a step back to the upland areas of the 1920s. Many animals, including most of the fish and shellfish eaten in New England, spawn, grow and forage in this coastal wetland habitat in Brewster, MA. In one year, ten tons of plant material can grow in a single acre of salt marsh. Decaying grasses and other composting organic matter release vital nutrients which nourish new plant growth and feed the marsh animals. This intricate food web is linked to the sea through the tides. Incoming tides flood the marsh with water, distributing sediments and nutrient resources throughout. Outgoing tides also flush nutrients into nearby tidal flats and coastal waters, nourishing more plants and animals. Salt marshes, like Wing Island, are one of the most productive habitats in the world.
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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