This past month, a group from Bain Capital ventured to Grape Island in the Boston Harbor to work to reclaim paths and camping area overtaken by invasive plant species. In removing those plants they created space for native species to grow and thrive, allowing additional native animals to move into the area. Assisting these plants and animals in taking back their habitat not only provides them a protected area to thrive and helps the environment flourish but also gives people a wonderful, natural preserve area within Boston to camp, hike and relax.
In-between clearing the area of invasive plant species, volunteers also learned about how coyotes use sandbars at low-tide to cross to the island, deer often swim there and wild turkeys fly there.
Grape Island is a 54-acre wildlife haven in the middle of Boston Harbor. During low-tide, in almost double in size to 101 acres. Wild berries can be found in abundance, providing food for a wide variety of birds and the island also featuyres camp sites, picnics, wooded trails, guided walks, and even special events like the "Wild Edibles Tour".
The island was beautiful and the volunteers left feeling awesome from a day in the fresh air, sun, and doing something good for the environment.