Wildlife Research, Monitoring & Mentoring

Beach Nesting Bird Protection
Know your coastal birds

There are a number of magnificent birds that visit Martha’s Vineyard throughout the year. Many avian species stop here during their annual migration. This is a prime location for them to rest as they make their way north for breeding season, or as they make their way south to return to their wintering grounds. Some of these birds also prefer to stay on the Island during their breeding season to rear their chicks here. The birds on this sign may look different throughout the year. This resource aims to share the various plumages of these migratory birds!


Martha’s Vineyard is home to a variety of different shorebird and seabird species. Our sandy beaches, great ponds, marshes, and mudflats provide habitat for birds to nest and forage. Several species nest here, while others only visit for a short time to rest and refuel during spring and fall migrations.

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Identify the birds you see or hear with Merlin Bird ID

Free global bird guide with photos, sounds, maps, and more.


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