Restorative Mornings: Observations from a Restoration Intern

As the early morning light gently illuminates the inlets and rolling hills of the Newport Back Bay, fog caresses the land and lingers along the shore; it is as though it wishes to stop the warmth of the sun from driving it away. Yet the sun still rises and wipes the slate clean for all the beings beginning to stir. A gentle breeze creates calming music with the tree branches and cattails (Typha) and high overhead a ravenous raptor——the handsome Osprey——studies the landscape.

An osprey perched on a pole behind the Back Bay Science Center.

The sun raises ever higher and the sounds of high-pitched chirping, water splashing, insect buzzing, and bicycle gears shifting energize the landscape. The hummingbirds (Trochilidae) begin their lively, morning conversation. They chirp over each other like little New Yorkers, and chase each other in a never-ending game of tag. The great blue heron ignores her loud neighbors as she stands solemn and solitary. In a flash she lunges her beak into the water and returns to the surface with a silver mullet prize. Honey bees (Apis) play witness to the heron’s morning fishing as they eagerly search for pollen. As the honeybees quiet their buzz to land on the buckwheat