Thursday, April 26, 2012

Photos of the Destroyed Nesting Area emphasizing the soon to be impenetrable thicket, east of the BU Bridge on the north side of the Charles River, Cambridge, MA, USA

Here are some photos of the Destroyed Nesting Area of the Charles River White Geese from April 15, 2012.

18 04-15-12 Nesting area, first work

The tilled area, last I saw was filled with potted designer bushes which when planted will create an impenetrable thicket. The vegetation just barely seen on the river side of the dividers is the remants of the undestroyed bushes which the Charles River White Geese used for nesting and which filled the tilled area.

In the background can barely be seen ground which was devoided of its ground vegetation by the Department of Conservation and Recreation / Charles River “Conservancy”, large trees bordering on the Charles River, the Charles River, and Boston University.

Vegetation on the left is undestroyed vegetation from the hillside under the Memorial Drive on ramp. This area had a concrete like walkway started

19 04-15-12

Big difference from previous is the fabricated hillside on the right and the BU Bridge. The red truck apparently made the tire marks. The fabricated hillside, when I was last there, had the designer bushes / impenetrable thicket planted. A second concrete like walkway would be sort of an extension of this side of the hillside.

20 04-15-12

Looking straight kitty corner across the Destroyed Nesting Area. The second concrete like walkway goes straight ahead.

21 04-15-12

Closer view from previous. Visible to the left is the native vegetation which has been mostly destroyed and which used to fill the tilled area. The white figures are the Charles River White Geese. The structure going directly across is the Grand Junction Railroad Bridge.

22 04-15-12

Opposite view from the previous. Undestroyed native vegetation is to the left and right. The truck can be seen straight and behind it the fabricated hillside which has been planted with the designer bushes / coming impenetrable thicket. The second apparently concrete walk would be straight ahead.

23 04-15-12 Andrake and Daffney

Andrake and Daffney are the Charles River White Ducks. They were dumped at Magazine Beach about five years ago. I saved their lives from attack by a dog sicced on them by a passer by. Like the Charles River White Geese, the luscious grasses at Magazine Beach have been walled off to them by the bizarre wall of introduced bushes at Magazine Beach.

24 04-15-12

Shot from toward the Charles River near the southern and western extreme of the Destroyed Nesting Area. Visible is the dirt created by the destruction of ground vegetation by the DCR and CRC. Immediately above and to the right is ground vegetation on the hillside above the destroyed area, and the former Ford / Polaroid plant now owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on the far side of Memorial Drive.

Also can vaguely be seen is the edges of the tilled area (soon to be impenetrable thicket) and the native bushes which the impenetrable thicket is intended to replace.

25 04-15-12

One lone goose in the area between the area formerly used for BU Bridge access, soon to be impenetrable thicket, and the Charles River. It is just east of the BU Bridge. Near the camera is the top of one of many bales of hay used to edge the construction area. I think the black items are probably rocks. At the very top of the photo is the Charles River.