Exit to see world's Greatest Road Tripper !
Ok, now say “Hi!” to Sharon. No, Sharon is not a person, it’s the name of this little town. Named for a town in the Bible, Sharon Massachusetts is part of the Greater Boston region, just 17 miles southwest of downtown Boston. Sharon has a large number of scenic trails due to the high percentage of conservation lands within the town's borders. To the east is Fowl -- as in "bird fowl" --Meadows Conservation Land. So Sharon is a great place to go bird watching and most of the people here believe in the conservation of nature. That’s a good thing to look for in people. Locally the South Shore Birders Club actively runs bird watching tours.
Fast Fact: not far away on the beaches of the Cape Cod is located the most southerly breeding grounds of the very rare Arctic Tern. The Arctic Tern boasts the greatest range and longest migration of any living thing.
I guess you could say the tiny seabird is the ultimate road tripper. It leaves Massachusetts in August to fly across the Atlantic and down across the equator to spend the southern Hemisphere's summer off Antarctica near South Africa. Then it may go to the Scandinavian Arctic or even across the Pacific up to Siberia and Alaska to spend the following season.
For rare animals, natural land is required in its natural state. There’s a big state park here and a big wildlife sanctuary. Funny thing about this town… remember Paul Revere? Well, he made bells in this little town so it has a little American history.
Nowadays, this place is a good place for a summer resort and that’s why lots of people come in the summer months -- not just Arctic Terns come. But it is safe to say not a lot of summer residents fly in from Siberia like our utterly amazing bird neighbors.
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