The Nature Conservancy thanks our partners in this past year’s oyster restoration project in the Tisbury Great Pond, straddling the Chilmark/West Tisbury town line at the mouth of Town Cove.
Kinglets are tiny, a good inch shorter and half as heavy as our black-capped chickadees, and by all rights, they should freeze solid at the first taste of winter weather.
You never know what kinds of critters you’re sharing the landscape with, and there is always something surprising out there, ready to be discovered.
Experts regularly peruse new postings to verify the IDs, making the information on BugGuide almost as reliable as that in old-fashioned, fully edited, paper-based field guides.
Combined with a goldfinch’s small size, plump shape, and twittery flight notes, the roller-coaster flight makes these birds easy to recognize.
“I hate the reliance of the shark tournament on expensive boats, expensive gear, and the climate-trashing combustion of vast quantities of fossil fuel.”
Mistakenly maligned as an allergen in late summer and early fall, goldenrods actually serve many positive purposes.
Color plays countless roles in the natural world, and vastly enhances our enjoyment of nature.
I worry that this bizarre butterfly pattern is a symptom of some large-scale, fundamental ecological shift.
And it’s sad to think of the impacts the decline of these important animals has had on human well-being.