Wildlife Research, Monitoring & Mentoring

Winter Storms Bring Tiny Washashores…

Winter Storms Bring Tiny Washashores…

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 said it fit in her hand and was black and white, with a small...

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Otters and the SuperStorm

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 'otterpaloozas,' it also caught...

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Midnight on the pond

Midnight on the pond

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 see them?" These photos, taken by a wildlife camera in a...

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Saltmarsh Bird Surveys

Saltmarsh Bird Surveys

  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 an Atlantic Coast...

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Chick Season

Chick Season

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 this week.  Least terns are...

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Our Flock

Our Flock

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 2.5 hours in the sunshine and put...

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An early spring?

An early spring?

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?  Keep you eyes on...

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