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Mentoring Program

Part of our mission at BiodiversityWorks is to mentor young people interested in the field of wildlife biology and science. Young adults (high school & college) need opportunities to engage in field research and monitoring in order to develop their career interests and skills. While they are learning and growing, our interns, high school mentees,...

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Natural Neighbors

What is Natural Neighbors? BiodiversityWorks and the Village and Wilderness Project have partnered to develop the Natural Neighbors program, with support from the Martha’s Vineyard Vision Fellowship. Natural Neighbors works with property owners and neighborhood associations to learn about their interests in nature and identify current and potential biodiversity contributions on their land. Then, we’ll...

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Northern Long-eared Bats

One bat can consume up to 3,000 small insects a night, including mosquitos. 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 info@biodiversityworksmv.org.

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Martha’s Vineyard Atlas of Life

Martha’s Vineyard Atlas of LifeThe Martha’s Vineyard Atlas of Life seeks to create a living catalogue of the island's biodiversity and an active community working to conserve it. Martha’s Vineyard Atlas of LifeA coastal location, with glacial origins, and unique cultural history. Martha’s Vineyard Atlas of LifeMartha’s Vineyard supports an astonishing array of rare species,...

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Spotted Turtle Research and Tracking

Spotted turtles (Clemmys guttata) Spotted Turtles are one of the five species of turtles on Martha’s Vineyard and are found in a variety of wetland habitats including shrub swamps, cranberry bogs, and wetlands dominated by spaghnum moss hummocks. They have a black carapace with several tiny yellow spots and orange to black skin with yellow...

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Beach-Nesting Bird Protection

Piping plover chick by Lanny McDowell BiodiversityWorks works with private landowners, beach associations, and land trusts to monitor and protect nesting Piping plovers (Charadrius melodus), American oystercatchers (Haematopus palliatus), Least terns (Sterna antillarum), Common terns (Sterna hirundo), Roseate terns (Sterna dougallii), and Black skimmers (Rhyncops niger). We collaborate with other conservation organizations on Martha’s Vineyard to...

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Black Racer Snake Study

Black Racer Movements and Habitat Use The Massachusetts State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) ranks the black racer as common across the state, but it is listed as a priority species because these snakes are declining in abundance everywhere (Mass Wildlife Action Plan, Chapter 3, p28).  Martha's Vineyard is no exception as many islanders report capturing...

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Snake Mapping and Monitoring

We are collecting data about snake sightings on Martha's Vineyard, and are particularly interested in black racer sightings.

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Tracking Willet Migration

Wither the Willet? The willet (Tringa semipalmata) is a common and conspicuous summer visitor along the Atlantic coast and on Martha’s Vineyard, arriving in spring and returning to the same nesting locations each year. Until recently, not much was known about willet migration. But the advent of a new technology, the geolocator, is allowing biologists...

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Coastal Otter Research

Between July 2009 and September 2011, we conducted the first monitoring and research project on coastal river otters (Lontra canadensis) inhabiting Martha’s Vineyard (MV). With sponsorship from Sheriff's Meadow Foundation, a grant from the Edey Foundation, and private donor funding, we surveyed ponds, wetlands, and shoreline for otter tracks, scat, and trails to gather baseline...

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2013 Belted Kingfisher & Swallow Colony Surveys

Belted Kingfishers (Ceryle alcyon) are a charismatic bird species that occur throughout much of North America.
  • Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon), Bank swallow (Riparia riparia) and Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)

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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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