Wildlife Research, Monitoring & Mentoring

A Sandplain Specialty

A Sandplain Specialty

The range of Bird’s Foot violet, Viola pedata, extends across most of the eastern United States. But wherever it occurs, this distinctive spring-flowering perennial lives on sandy soil. So it’s no surprise that it flourishes on the lean, gritty soils of...
Bee Season!

Bee Season!

While spring is still just getting started, the first of the Vineyard’s native bees are already on the wing. Queen bumblebees, having overwintered under the leaf litter, are starting to rouse themselves to found new colonies. And solitary bees, many of them...
Stiletto flies

Stiletto flies

Perhaps because of their elongated shape, members of the fly family Therevidae have acquired the common name “stiletto flies.” This is a smallish fly family, widespread but said to be most diverse in Australia; bugguide reports only 150 species in this...
New Arrival

New Arrival

Human travel and commerce have completely rewritten the book on wildlife distribution. Deliberately or by accident, humans have transported many thousands of species from their native ranges to new regions or continents. Some of these species fail to get established;...
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