Last sunday, after a winter storm with high winds and heavy rain, a friend mentioned she had found a small injured bird in the middle of a paved road near the beach. I asked her to describe it, and she … Continue reading
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We recently checked a wildlife camera on a river otter latrine we monitor at Edgartown Great Pond. This camera was out during the month of October. In addition to capturing an otter deep into meditation in ‘corpse pose,’ and multiple … Continue reading
Edgartown Great Pond Otters People are often amazed to learn that river otters inhabit the ponds, streams, and nearshore waters of Martha’s Vineyard. The most common questions we are asked are: “How many are there?” and “Why don’t I ever … Continue reading
We recently finished the last round of Saltmarsh bird surveys at 14 randomly selected marshes on Martha’s Vineyard and Chappaquiddick. We conducted 3 surveys during the breeding season at each site in 2011 and 2012 to contribute data to … Continue reading
We have been working long hours since early April, but all of the hard work is well worth it when the first chicks begin to hatch. American Oystercatchers began hatching chicks in Mid-May, and our first Piping plover chicks hatched … Continue reading
This past saturday, we had our first volunteer work day. Liz and I met 13 amazing volunteers at our storage area to tackle organizing and preparing beach-nesting bird signs and fencing for the weeks ahead. This happy group worked for … Continue reading
This morning, a local birder reported the first American Oystercatcher in Lagoon Pond. This is our earliest record of an oystercatcher returning to a breeding territory on the island. Will the Piping plovers also arrive early after our mild winter? … Continue reading