Wild Side: Spring peepers

Late November may be a strange time of year to write about an animal with “spring” in its name, but among the absolute truths...

Wild Side: Ravens

  While the peak of fall migration, long since past, offers the most active birding of the Vineyard year, many of the more unusual avian...

Wild Side: Barrens buck moths

From the naturalist’s perspective, the Vineyard is an odd and endlessly surprising place. Between the young geological age of the Vineyard, the ocean barrier...

Wild Side: Tree crickets

As the weather cools, the nocturnal chorus of insects gradually fades across the Vineyard. Among the hardiest singers are the tree crickets, an unusual...

Wild Side: Coneheads

On any mild October night — assuming we get one — you can step outdoors virtually anywhere on the Vineyard and hear insects singing....

Wild Side: Welcoming the red-banded hairstreak butterfly

Colorful, relatively easy to find and identify, butterflies have long been a favorite of collectors and field observers alike. Butterfly diversity is low enough...

Wild Side: A trio of kestrels at Katama

Updated, Thursday, Sept. 8, 8:30 am Poking around the FARM Institute’s fields at Katama Farm last Saturday, I saw something I haven’t seen in decades:...

Wild Side: Grasshoppers

When I began studying the Vineyard’s grasshoppers about six years ago, I knew almost nothing about them. There was only one species I could...

Wild Side: Cicadas

Often heard but seldom seen, cicadas are a dominant feature in the natural soundscape of the Vineyard in summer. The drone of lustful male...

Wild Side: Chloealtis: To find the grasshopper, you must be the...

About six years ago, I began the long-term project of trying to learn what I could about the Vineyard’s orthoptera — that is, its...