Glasswort-(Salicornia europaea)

Glasswort-(Salicornia europaea)

There are several species of flora and fauna living within Great Bay. One of which includes an interesting looking plant called Glasswort (Salicornia europaea). Glasswort is a succulent herb also known as ‘Pickle weed’ or ‘Marsh samphire’. It can be found around beaches and in saltmarshes like Great Bay.

Recreating the Past

Recreating the Past

In 2013, the Reserve acquired the land the Parker cabin sits on as part of its conservation efforts. Knowing that it was in heavy disrepair and attractive to potential vandalism, the process for its removal began. A group of historians and conservation agencies convened and it was determined a recreation of the Parker cabin in the Special Collections Room at the Great Bay Discovery Center would be the best way to honor both the cabin and all the cabins that once flourished throughout the Great Bay Estuary.

Salinity Fluctuations in Great Bay Estuary

Salinity Fluctuations in Great Bay Estuary

Great Bay is a place where the ocean and rivers, land and water, and people and nature meet. It lies at the confluence of tidally driven salt water from the Gulf of Maine and fresh water from the Salmon Falls, Cocheco, Bellamy, Oyster, Lamprey, Squamscott, and Winnicut rivers. Before reaching the bay, seawater travels 15 miles inland—a geographic configuration makes Great Bay one of the nation’s most recessed estuaries. It is often referred to as New Hampshire’s “hidden coast.” Because it has such a large tidal exchange and seasonal variation, the salinity in Great Bay can fluctuate quite a bit.

Monarch Butterflies: A Life Cycle

Monarch Butterflies: A Life Cycle

Monarch butterflies are commonly seen around Great Bay during the spring and summer months. Their bright orange wings make them fairly easy to spot and identify. Monarchs have a wide distribution range and can be found in many places. Despite their small size, monarchs, like some birds preform long migration journeys. If a monarch hatches from August to October, something unique happens….