Our Wildlife Projects

We have four active wildlife projects on Martha’s Vineyard. To learn about these projects, just click on the project name in bold.

1.  Beach-nesting bird monitoring and protection (April – August)

2.  Eastern Willet (Tringa semipalmata) Migration Study

3.  Northern Long-eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis) Research and Monitoring (June – August)

4.  Mapping Snake Distribution on Martha’s Vineyard (April – November) with hopes of capturing a Northern Black Racer (Coluber constrictor) for a Radio telemetry study of habitat use and movements

Projects we revisit on 3 – 10 year intervals:

Coastal river otter (Lontra canadensis) mapping and monitoring (August – April)

Mapping and monitoring of birds nesting in cliffs and sandy banks around the island: Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon), Bank swallow (Riparia riparia) and Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)

Landowners – if you have river otter, belted kingfisher or bank swallow activity on your property and would like to be included in our mapping projects, please contact us using the contact form, email, or telephone number here. If you have a bat roost, please complete our GotBats? survey form.  If you have snakes, please report your snake on our snake survey page.

We enjoy working with volunteers and young scientists in the field.

If you would like to volunteer with us, please visit  our Volunteer Opportunities page.