To Celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we’ve created a new logo. We hope you enjoy it! Moreover, we hope you can join the Orleans Pond Coalition during this special 20th anniversary year by becoming a member, volunteering, participating in our events, and helping to spread the word by telling your friends. With your help, we will safeguard Orleans’s most precious resource: our waters.
Orleans Blue Pages are being updated
The Orleans Blue Pages is our compendium of what Orleans citizens and Cape Codders can do to help clean up our local waters. We recommend it for everyone living in or visiting this special part of the world. Do you have a copy? If not, use this link to download yours today. Hard copies can also be found at the Orleans Town Hall.
First issued in 2008, the Orleans Blue Pages was created to help everyone understand the Cape’s water cycles and to provide practical information on how to do everyday tasks in ways that benefit our waters. It is chock full of information presented in an easy-to-digest format. From insights on how to keep your septic system in tip top shape, to how to have your very own Cape Cod lawn, you can find tips on healthier practices and explanations of why some existing practices are harmful. By taking a few steps, you can make small changes that have a big positive impact.
The Orleans Blue Pages was last updated in 2009. This year, as part of our 20th Anniversary work, we will launch a special fundraising effort outside of the annual appeal to publish the 3rd edition.
If you feel protecting our waters is important, please consider getting ahead of the curve and donating to this very special effort. On behalf of our waters, the Orleans Pond Coalition thanks you!
Call for Herring Counters
The Town of Orleans is seeking Herring Counters. Herring is a vital food source for fish and birds in the Northeast – from tuna and striped bass, to ospreys and bald eagles – and the population is struggling throughout New England. You can help our herring by joining the Herring Count as the fish swim from Pleasant Bay through Lonnie’s Pond to Pilgrim Lake, the terminus of their long journey to spawn in Orleans.
The Herring Count requires only ten minutes of your time per week. Here’s how it works. After you sign up for a time slot, for example Sundays between 11:00am – 12:20pm, you can choose any ten minutes within that timeframe. The official count begins in mid to late March, as soon as the herring start running, and concludes in May, at the end of the run.
Can we ‘count’ on you? Please let us know of your interest via the link below.
Help Protect Pollinators
Please join the Orleans Pond Coalition in strongly supporting Pollinator Pathway Cape Cod. Pollinators contribute an estimated $24 billion to the national economy annually and about 45% of the Commonwealth’s agricultural commodities rely on pollination. Habitat loss is a leading cause of pollinator declines and insect biodiversity loss, and we are losing once common pollinator species right here in New England.
Truly, there is no time to waste in reversing pollinator declines.
H.D.2715 / S.D. 1320 A new piece of state legislation called “An Act to Protect Pollinator Habitat” has been introduced to establish a commission of MA government officials, subject matter experts and stakeholders to study how the state can expand and enhance pollinator habitat. Please use this link to join the Mass Pollinator Network and Mass Audubon and ask our state legislators Senator Julian Cyr and Representative Sarah Peake to co-sponsor these bills!
Thank you for taking the time to stand up for pollinator health in our Commonwealth!
2023 promises to be an exciting year!
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