adult Osprey feeding 3 chicks in a nest

Meet Osprey Chicks Pip, Squeak and Ollie!

Osprey are thriving throughout our region once again, with many nests occupied with chicks of varying ages. Volunteer community scientists continue to monitor nest activity and submit their reports in droves, and it looks to be another banner year on all fronts.


As pictured above, there's a plethora of activity on the nest monitored by Greenbelt's live OspreyCam in West Gloucester as adults Annie and Squam busily raise their three chicks - Pip, Squeak and Ollie. The chicks are about three weeks old, getting large and eating a lot of fish every day. It's an amazing sight to see this household grow.


Among dozens of other suggestions, the names "Pip, Squeak and Ollie" were submitted by a nurse in a specialized cardiac unit who finds watching the OspreyCam with colleagues and patients "soothing" in difficult times.


Tune in to the live OspreyCam to watch! 




News and Happenings

West Newbury couple's donation gives their land the protection it deserves

A new Conservation Restriction at Riverrun Farm donated by Kathy and Rick Feehery permanently protects the natural resources on nearly 41 acres of their 42-acre property.


"I felt like this place deserved protection ... however, it took a number of years before we committed to this [conservation restriction] program. The possibility of a large residential development on adjacent land spurred our desire to keep this property protected for future equine, farm and conservation usages, keeping our town rural and keeping access for public trails." - Kathy Feehery, Owner and Farm Manager


A pre-existing easement to Essex County Trails Association allows public access to the property's trails during daylight hours, and the adjacent Coffin Street Conservation Project will create the opportunity for a connection to the trail on Riverbend Conservation Area.

Read more about the Riverrun Farm CR→

Spring Field and Trees at Riverrun Farm CR, West Newbury Riverrun Farm, West Newbury

Greenbelt welcomed hundreds of visitors, artists and volunteers at Art in the Barn!

Greenbelt's 33rd Annual Art in the Barn was a huge success with record-breaking numbers of visitors and sales. Under sunny skies, guests perused the work of 137 artists that was displayed throughout Cox Reservation. Friday evening festivities featured live music by Labor in Vain, and food and drinks offered by Butter UR Biscuit and True North Ale. Thank you to the artists who generously donated 50% or more of their proceeds to Greenbelt, Beth Cooper for her incredible flower design, and our many volunteers and visitors.

2022 Participating Artists→

Art in the Barn, colorful barn full of visitors and artwork Art in the Barn 2022 at Cox Reservation. Photo: David Alden-St.Pierre

Much-loved Tompson Street Reservation expanded

For more than two decades, Greenbelt has been working to protect, steward and enhance Tompson Street Reservation in Gloucester. This month, with help from the Institution for Savings Conservation Fund, individual donors and a MA Conservation Partnership Grant, Greenbelt expanded the property by acquiring 14 historic acres off of Bray Street from the West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church. The church was granted the parcel in 1713 to build a meetinghouse, and today the land remains largely in its natural state. Hikers can enjoy trails that pass the old meetinghouse site and connect to the larger Tompson Street Reservation.

Maps and photos of Tompson Street Church Lot→

rustic cross and wooden benches on Tompson Street church lot Historic Tompson Street Church Lot, Gloucester. Photo: Neil Ungerleider

Terrific tree planting day with volunteers from Institution For Savings

Thanks to the work of an enthusiastic volunteer crew from Institution for Savings, the entrance to the John J. Donovan Reservation/Sagamore Hill Conservation Area in Hamilton was beautifully enhanced with newly-planted trees last month. We appreciate this fabulous team's willingness to give back to nature and their community through Greenbelt's volunteer program.


IFS is a Greenbelt Corporate Conservationist who, in addition to supporting our annual operations and events, generously supports many of our land conservation acquisitions each year. Thank you, IFS, for your commitment to Greenbelt and local land conservation. 

Contact us about becoming a Corporate Conservationist→

Volunteers from Institution for Savings by new trees Institution for Savings Volunteers at John J. Donovan Reservation, Hamilton

Cell Signaling Technology Volunteers
go above and beyond at Art in the Barn

A wonderful volunteer crew from Cell Signaling Technology kindly donated their time to make opening day of Greenbelt's Art in the Barn a success. Easy to identify with purple shirts and friendly smiles, these CST employees went above and beyond by working extra hours to help ensure the day's activities ran smoothly.


CST is a long-time Greenbelt partner who recently joined our Corporate Conservationist program this year when they included Greenbelt as a beneficiary in their decision to become a 1% for the Planet Lighthouse Member. We're tremendously grateful to CST for leading by example, generously supporting our mission, and their dedication to community.


More about volunteering at Greenbelt→

group of Cell Signaling Volunteers in matching purple tshirt

Multiply your impact with a Matching Gift!

Did you know you can double or triple the value of your gift to Greenbelt if your employer will match your donation? Employee matching gift programs are common practices whereby a company will match the donations their employees make to charities.

Will your company match your gift? It's easy to find out here→

colorful group of green frogs on lily pads Photo: Doug Burgess

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