Creators of Manomet’s new wildlife sanctuary celebrate long road to completion

After years of planning and preparation, the Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Manomet is almost ready for visitors.

Tidmarsh founders Glorianna Davenport and Evan Schulman presented awards to several people who helped in its creation.

Saturday, the land’s former owners, Evan Schulman and Glorianna Davenport celebrated the completion of the project with a gathering in what was once a cranberry bog. Only a week earlier, the land had become the property of Mass Audubon, which will now manage it.

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A tent, along with food and drink, was set up in a field.

There are still a few details to be worked out before visitors are welcomed onto the land in early November. People driving on Beaver Dam Road have probably noticed the signs that have gone up, as well as the disappearance of the red garage that used to sit across from the former cranberry bog on the west side of the road. That building was torn down because it was no longer structurally sound and the space was needed to provide parking for the sanctuary, according to Lauren Kras who will oversee Tidmarsh for Mass Audubon.

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Someone reviews the sign at the not yet open entrance to the Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary.

Construction equipment will be coming in to finish the lot in the very near future, Kras said. Because of that, she asked that people not visit Tidmarsh until it officially opens in early November.

When that finally happens, the sanctuary will become not only a place to enjoy nature, but to learn about it. The Living Observatory, the MIT-based ecological study program founded by Davenport has been on site for several years. And younger visitors can be expected soon. Alison Riordan, the science curriculum coordinator for Plymouth schools, said Tidmarsh will become a regular stop on the field trip circuit.  Tidmarsh has already come to Plymouth South High School, providing plantings for a “native grow zone” where students can study native plants, Riordan said.

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