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Join us for another seal walk with @seacoast_science_center on Sunday, March 6th at 8am. This is a FREE, in-person event. Register with the link in our bio. #wildlife #salisburybeachma #seals #marinemammal #marinemammalrescue

Photo by Brian Yurasits
Join us on a morning paddle to Plum Island! Don't miss the opportunity to see seals and seabirds up close with the help of a local guide and naturalist. Sign up with the link in our bio. We hope to see you there! #merrimackriver #paddlingmerrimackriver #kayakingnewburyport #wildlife #falladventure (Photo courtesy of Plum Island Kayak)
This is the time of the year near the mouth of the Merrimack where Harbor Seal pups wean from there mom (4 weeks). Occasionally one of the pups gets tired, injured, or sick. This one made it to the sea safely! Remember federal law prohibits anyone from getting closer than 150 ft to a seal. If you come across a seal on the beach leave it alone. If you think it’s in trouble call the Marine Mammal Rescue Center in Rye, NH at 603-997-9448.
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#merrimackriver #seal #harborseal #sealpup #wildlife #marinemammals #marinelife #baby #babyseal #beach #massachusetts #newhampshire #ocean
Humpback whales have been feeding on menhaden just outside the mouth of the Merrimack River on both the Salisbury and Plum Island side. Menhaden gather in huge schools that the whales find as easy targets!
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#whales #whale #ocean #whalewatching #massachusetts #merrimackriver #nature #humpbackwhale #wildlife #sea #marinelife  #whalesofinstagram #whalewatch #cetaceans #cetacean #animals #photography #oceanlife #marinemammals #humpbackwhales #whaletail #travel #whalelove #wildlifephotography #humpback #sonyphotography #sonya1 #merrimackriver
This Snowy Owl was enjoying a quiet morning in the Watershed with snow gently falling around her!
📸 @graovac_photography 
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#your_best_birds #ig_captures_nature #splendid_animals #wildlifeseekers #massaudubon #merrimackriver #masswildlifecollective #bird #bird_freaks #nuts_about_birds #eye_spy_birds #only_birds #birdstagram #bestbirds #massachusetts #newengland  #sonyphotography #beach #birds_captures @animalife_world #snowyowl #owl #owlsofinstagram #birdsofprey  #wildlife #worldofbirds #planetbirds @igessexcountymass  #sony #sonyphotography #beautiful #birdphotography #beachlife
This sleepy Snowy Owl rests peacefully along the Merrimack after a long night of hunting.
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#merrimackriver #merrimackvalley #snowyowl #wildlife #nature #owl #owls #sleepy #arcticvisitor #peaceful #environment
📸 @graovac_photography
This juvenile bald eagle was enjoying some fall foliage this morning along the Merrimack River.
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 #massachusetts #birds #birdphotography  #naturephotography #nature #wildlifephotography #watershed #birdwatching #birding #photography  #birdlife  #bestbirdshots #naturelovers #captures  #sonyphotography #wildlife #baldeagle #eagle #your_best_birds #ig_captures_nature  #wildlifeseekers #massaudubon #natgeoyourshot #masswildlifecollective #bird #bird_freaks #nuts_about_birds #eye_spy_birds #only_birds  #merrimackriver
It’s that time of year when Piping Plovers hatch in the coastal area of our watershed. These endangered birds lay their eggs out in the open sand. Please keep pets away from nesting areas as they can easily destroy a nest or kill the fragile babies!
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#pipingplover #nesting #shorebirds #merrimackriver #babies #plovers #cute #fuzzball #birds #wildlife
The gray seal is a common sight at the mouth of the Merrimack. They often lounge on Badgers Rocks just off of Salisbury. This fella followed Board President, Dan Graovac (@dandydannyg) in his kayak for about half a mile.
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#seal #seals #nature #wildlife  #sealsofinstagram #cute #wildlifephotography #animals #sealife #ocean #animal #sea #love  #sealpup #naturephotography #harborseal #sealion #greyseal #sof #photography #bhfyp #plumisland #massachusetts #sonyalpha #wildlife #sonyphotography #merrimackriver #lovewhereyoulive #eyes
MRWC learned about urban habitat restoration at the NH Water and Watershed Conference a couple of weeks ago! Here, Michele Tremblay of NH Rivers Council and Steve Landry of the NH DES Watershed Assistance Section give a presentation on restoring urban streams for brook trout! .
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#newhampshire #rivers #trout #fish #wildlife #ecology #restoration #conservation #damremoval #conference #science
Snow falling on cedars - or at least pines - at MRWC's Shawsheen River Bird Sanctuary in Andover on Friday 📸: Rusty Russell .
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#andover #massachusetts #mrwc #conservation #wildlife #pines #trees #snow #newengland #snowday #birdsanctuary #explore

Science

Another great day of water testing! Less windy, but slightly chillier. Sign up to be part of this amazing program through the link on our bio! To learn more about the Merrimack River, join us for the film: The Merrimack: River at Risk on Thursday, September 24th at 7pm EST. Follow the link in our bio to news and events. #science #mrwc #conservation #watertesting #communityscience #citizenscience #
Throwback to our awesome interns water testing this past summer. Our water testing program is coming back this spring! To get involved in #citizenscience, shoot an email to info@Merrimack.org #mrwc 
photo credit: @john.macone #science
Are you interested in learning about the environmental and health impact of "next generation" pollutants in the Merrimack River?
Please join us for our 4th annual State of the Waters Conference, to be held Jan. 31 in Haverhill. This year's conference will focus on PFAS chemicals, microplastics, and other "next gen" challenges that impact the health of the Merrimack.
Our speakers include a diverse panel of regional experts who will help us understand the varied and complex challenges. We'll also discuss strategies that local communities can employ to help improve the Merrimack. The event is free to MRWC members. Please see our website (link in bio) for a list of speakers and to register. Hope to see you there! 
#merrimackvalley @northernessex #haverhillma #merrimackriver #merrimackwatershed #pfas #microplastics #waterpollution #stateofthewaters #science
Join MRWC’s Outreach Specialist John Macone for a slideshow walk through the history of the Merrimack River - from its turbulent emergence from the Ice Ages, to its important role as a center for human transportation, commerce and industry, and finally to the decades-long (and continuing) efforts to clean it up. You are sure to learn something new and interesting about the Merrimack! This event is free. Hope to see you there. @lowelllibrary 
#merrimackriver #lowell #lowellma #merrimackwatershed #localhistory #science
Last week representatives of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection met with Advocates and others in Lawrence to describe the schedule for permitting major water withdrawals from towns in the Merrimack Valley. Although the  Merrimack watershed generally is not subject to major droughts, there are exceptions. We'll be looking closely at where problems lie and working with towns and residents to address water overuse. Permitting of major withdrawals will happen over the next two years.  It's important to note that many major withdrawals are allowed essentially as of right. These withdrawals are not permitted but registered, and thus not subject to the most recent water permitting legislation. In the photo the presenter is DEP's Duane  LeVangie, the agency's Water Management Program Chief. #science
MRWC learned about urban habitat restoration at the NH Water and Watershed Conference a couple of weeks ago! Here, Michele Tremblay of NH Rivers Council and Steve Landry of the NH DES Watershed Assistance Section give a presentation on restoring urban streams for brook trout! .
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#newhampshire #rivers #trout #fish #wildlife #ecology #restoration #conservation #damremoval #conference #science
Happy World Ocean Day! This years theme is “Healthy Ocean, Healthy Planet" 
Did you know that the Oceans absorb about 30% of carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impacts of global warming.

Photograph by Greg Anderson

#WorldOceanDay #Ocean #River #Science #Nature #nofilter #preserve #merrimackriver #like4like #nature #🌊

Recreation

Sunset on the Merrimack can be a great and peaceful time to explore!
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#merrimackriver #newburyport #explore #sunset #sun #cottoncandysky #pink #blue #nature #fishing #stripedbass #calm #peaceful #serenity #quiet #kayaking
Thank goodness for the outdoors these days! Maudslay State Park is a great place for a social distancing walk and to admire the #merrimackriver! Just remember to stay  6 feet away from others to keep everyone safe and to help make sure we don’t lose access to our parks. Happily, everyone we encountered this morning at Maudslay was being very conscientious about that.  Enjoy the outdoors, safely! 
#optoutside #maudslaystatepark #socialdistancing #nbpt #newburyport #newburyportma #openspace #gratitude #nature #explore
Snow falling on cedars - or at least pines - at MRWC's Shawsheen River Bird Sanctuary in Andover on Friday 📸: Rusty Russell .
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#andover #massachusetts #mrwc #conservation #wildlife #pines #trees #snow #newengland #snowday #birdsanctuary #explore
Tree silhouettes at sunset are one of my favorite parts of winter! Check out that glow on the #MerrimackRiver at #MaudslayStatePark! 📸: Jeremy Poe .
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#winter #snow #sunset #hike #parks #newburyport #massachusetts #newengland #explore #getoutside #river #trees #conservation
One for the New England to-do list: take a beautiful boardwalk stroll along the #MerrimackRiver in downtown #Newburyport !
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#merrimackriverwatershedcouncil #mrwc #newengland #massachusetts #nbpt #river #winter #getoutside #explore #nature #water

Advocacy

Plastic in and around surface waters is a key contributor to pollution in our waters. Help us keep the Merrimack clean, and attend our trash cleanup at West Newbury Ferry Park on Saturday, April 16th. This event is part of our #EarthWeek series. 

Use the link in our bio to sign up! 

#merrimackriver #cleanwater #trashcleanup #volunteer #westnewburyma #shorelinecleanup
Our March Newsletter: 2021 Impact Report, Interactive Dashboard and Striped Skunks!
https://conta.cc/3D5KHhq
#impactreport #waterquality #cleanwater #events #volunteer #WQM #Dashboard #skunks
We are looking for dedicated water quality monitoring volunteers who can commit to 6 months of twice-monthly sampling. If you are interested, fill out the form linked in our bio, or email jose@merrimack.org 

(Pictured: MRWC staff Jose Tapia demonstrates how to sample at a bridge site at Riverfront park in Lawrence). #volunteer #waterqualitymonitoring
We’re working hard to protect the Merrimack - please support our efforts on Giving Tuesday! Link in bio (www.merrimack.org). Thank you! 
#volunteer
Happy Friday! It’s time for a shout-out to one of our fabulous sponsors – the Institution for Savings. @institutionforsavings is a Contributor-level sponsor of MRWC and a dedicated supporter of many other community organizations as well. IfS has an interesting and distinguished history – read more below. It also has an elegant 1870 Victorian main office building on State Street in Newburyport that is definitely worthy of a visit if you have not seen it – you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into another era! Thanks, Institution for Savings, for your commitment to the Merrimack and Merrimack watershed communities. 
In 1820, 34 prominent citizens of the City of Newburyport sent a request to the Massachusetts General Court requesting to incorporate an institution "for the purpose of receiving money on deposit and investing the same to the best advantage of the owners thereof." On January 31, 1820, that charter was granted, creating the third savings bank in the Commonwealth. The Institution for Savings was born. Opening deposits totaling $465.10 were collected on the first day.

Today, the Institution for Savings is widely recognized as one of the oldest and most stable mutual banks in the country, with assets totaling approximately $3.5 Billion as of June 30, 2019. It is also the largest mutual savings bank in the greater Newburyport region and the third largest on the North Shore, with 15 full service offices in Amesbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, Rowley, Ipswich, Hamilton, Topsfield, Boxford, Middleton, Salem, Beverly, Gloucester and Rockport. The Bank also has five educational school banks located within Newburyport, Triton, Ipswich, Masconomet and Beverly High Schools.

#weloveoursponsors #communitybank #mutualbank #communitybanking #institutionforsavings #merrimackriver #merrimackwatershed #newburyport #nbpt #essexcountyma #newburportma #newburyportma #supportlocalbusiness #historicbank #volunteer
It's hard not to feel discouraged by the environmental news (and news generally, for that matter) lately. If you're in need of a pick-me-up, join us for one of our September cleanups -- listed below (more details on our website). It won't stop the Amazon fires, un-melt the Arctic or send Hurricane Dorian out to sea, but it's a small way to make a tangible, positive impact on our rivers, parks and communities, and to meet some like-minded folks. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, September 15, Haverhill: Buttonwoods Trail Cleanup, 10 AM to 12:30 PM. Meet at the Buttonwoods Museum parking lot. 
Saturday, September 21, Lawrence: Spicket River Cleanup with Groundwork Lawrence. Registration 8 to 9 AM at Manchester St. Park (75 Manchester St.); cleanup 9 AM to @12 PM. 
Sunday, September 22, Lawrence: Riverfront State Park Cleanup, 9 to 11 AM. Meet at Riverfront State Park parking lot. 
#cleanup #community #volunteer #showupandserve #plogging #plog #plogger #merrimackriver #haverhillma #haverhillmass #buttonwoodsmuseum #buttonwoodstrail #riverfrontstatepark #spicketriver #lawrencema #lawrencemassachusetts #lawrencemass #spicketrivercleanup @groundworklawrence

Second quote is from Teddy Roosevelt’s autobiography; it is attributed to Squire Bill Widener. This version is very slightly modified from the version in the autobiography.
Thank you to our sponsor Fred C. Church Insurance for its support of the Merrimack!

Fred C. Church is an independent insurance agency that has served clients throughout New England since its founding in 1865. Fred C. Church has a long history of commitment to Merrimack watershed communities, both through serving numerous non-profit organizations as clients and by supporting organizations like MRWC.

Fred C. Church is showcased here with some classic scenes from Lowell, where its headquarters are located: the Mill No. 5 spiral staircase, LeLacheur Park, home of the @lowellspinners, and Aiken St. Bridge. 
Thanks @fredcchurch team for your commitment to our river! 
#weloveoursponsors #merrimackriver #merrimackvalley #merrimackwatershed #localbusiness #supportlocalbusiness #millno5 #lowell #lowellma #lowellspinners #lelacheurpark #lowellmassachusetts #aikenstreetbridge #volunteer
Please join us on Saturday, June 29, 9 to 11 AM for a cleanup of Methuen's Riverside Park! Enjoy free coffee, good company and the satisfaction of helping to keep this wonderful park a great place to walk, run, picnic and enjoy the beauty of the Merrimack. Please wear closed-toed shoes and bring a pair of sturdy gloves. If we get a big enough group, we may also clean the trail from Riverside Park to Francis Morse Park. Rain or shine (although thunderstorms will cancel). Hope to see you there. 
#methuen #methuenma #cleanup #plogging #trashtag #litterpicking #plogger #cleanuptheworld #cleanupouroceans #cleanupourrivers #volunteer #merrimackriver #merrimackvalley #publicspaces #publicparks #urbanrivers #optoutside
This past Saturday, the 2019 Lowell Environmental Youth Conference brought together teens from the Merrimack watershed and beyond to discuss environmental issues, hear from a career panel, and meet other young people interested in the environment. This annual event is organized by students at Lowell High School, with support from @lowellparks.cons.trust. It’s great to see the next generation of watershed advocates taking shape. Congratulations to the organizers and attendees!

We love sharing the good stuff that young people in our massive and diverse watershed are up to. If you know of teens who are working to keep our watershed and its communities clean, green and thriving, or who have river-related art, photography, or science projects they would like to share, please get in touch via DM, we’d love to hear about it. 
#lowellparksandconservationtrust #lowellma #lowellhighschool #lowellhigh #merrimackvalley #merrimackwatershed #merrimackriver #concordriver #hopeforthefuture #weloveouryoungpeople #volunteer
Tessé Tremblay and her son Mike, of Westford, plant a sapling during last week's restoration planting along the Squannacook River. Tessé and dozens of other volunteers from Keller Williams Realty joined Alex Krofta of MRWC and Al Futterman of the Nashua River Watershed Association to help plant more than 300 native plants along the river. .
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#river #conservation #restorationplanting #tree #spring #massachusetts #newhampshire #environment #outdoors #volunteer
Rocky Morrison of Clean River Project and Diane Lauber of Middlesex Community College scout prime sites for MRWC/MCC/American Rivers' Merrimack clean-up on 4/21, featuring Borrego Solar staff members! .
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#merrimack #river #newengland #massachusetts #newhampshire #conservation #volunteer #getoutside #getinvolved
So many good #thursdaythoughts at today's Making A Visible Difference in Communities meeting, a great program involving EPA and several local organizations. Lots of incredible community outreach, exciting progress in green job training, and fascinating science happening right on our river! Pictured: Executive Director Rusty Russell giving an overview of MRWC's goals for protecting the Merrimack.
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#lawrence #massachusetts #MerrimackRiver #conservation #volunteer #getinvolved #epa #water #publichealth #environment

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