To learn about our current monitoring, mapping, and research projects, click on the project name in bold below.

1.  Beach-nesting bird conservation(April – August)

2.  Northern Long-eared Bat (Myotis septentrionalis) Research and Monitoring

  • If you have seen bats in a building, root cellar, old well, storm drain, or even a tree during the winter (Dec. – March) on Martha’s Vineyard or Cape Cod, we would love to hear from you! Please email us at

3.  Black Racer (Coluber constrictor) Biology and Conservation 

4.  Mapping Snake Distribution on Martha’s Vineyard (April – November)

5. Annual MV Christmas Bird Count (December/January)

6. Annual Junior Bird Count 

Projects we revisit on 3 – 10 year intervals:

Eastern Willet (Tringa semipalmata) Migration Study

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

Mapping and monitoring of birds nesting in cliffs and sandy banks 

  • 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

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.


Martha’s Vineyard Atlas of Life

A coastal location, with glacial origins, and unique cultural history.

Martha’s Vineyard Atlas of Life

Martha’s Vineyard supports an astonishing array of rare species, distinctive natural communities, and productive habitat types.

Martha’s Vineyard Atlas of Life

Supported by the Betsy and Jesse Fink Family Foundation, the Martha’s Vineyard Atlas of Life exists to celebrate and document this natural wealth.

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