“It is remarkable how many creatures live wild and free though secret in the woods, and still sustain themselves in the neighborhood of towns…”
Walden Henry David Thoreau, 1854
Since Thoreau’s time, changes, such as urban/suburban sprawl and deforestation, now threatened much of our American wildlife. Currently there are 494 animals on the endangered, 201 on the threatened lists and numerous others on the list of species of special concern. In our Vineyard “neighborhood of towns” the Northern Long-eared Bat is endangered, the Piping Plover and Northern Harrier are threatened, and the Eastern Box Turtle and Barn Owl are species of special concern.
It is vital that our wildlife be protected before it is too late. BiodiversityWorks is the island-wide organization dedicated to that endeavor. We help our community learn about wildlife habitat and behavior, support on-going research, and, develop preservation plans so that future generations can enjoy the creatures with which we share this planet and our island.
April Vahle Hamel, Ph.D.
The Graduate School Funding Handbook, 2011 University of Pennsylvania Press. Retired Associate Dean, Washington University in St. Louis, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Past-president, Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation; past-member, Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank representing the Commonwealth,