Wildlife Research, Monitoring & Mentoring

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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Butterfly Season!

Butterfly Season!

With mild weather finally forecast for this week, odds are good that the year's earliest butterflies will be on the wing. Invariably, the mourning cloak is the first butterfly species reported on the Vineyard each year, with the first records generally coming in the...

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Superabundant Skunks

Superabundant Skunks

It’s that smelly time of year when amorous male skunks roam the island in search of mating opportunities and some have close encounters of the vehicle kind. For much of the winter our striped skunk population has been snoozing in underground borrows in groups of two...

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Winter Ant (Prenolepis imparis)

Winter Ant (Prenolepis imparis)

The winter ant, Prenolepis imparis, appears to be a fairly common and widespread species on Martha's Vineyard. But it's unusual in that it is active mostly during cold weather. It's by far the ant you're most likely to encounter outdoors during the winter, and...

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