Wild Side: Something to crow about

You’d think the colonization of the Vineyard by a large, noisy bird species would be an obvious process. But the gradual establishment of a...

Wild Side: The ups and downsides of climate change

With temperatures up into the upper 50s yet again as I sit down to write this, my topic can only be the oddly pleasant...

Wild Side: The ebb and flow of Martha’s Vineyard bug...

As you’d expect with cold-blooded creatures, insect numbers and diversity follow a distinct annual arc, building to a summertime peak from a winter nadir....

Wild Side: Answers from the Wild Side

The great outdoors can produce baffling mysteries. MVTimes Wild Side columnist Matt Pelikan tries his best to solve them. Got a question for the...

Wild Side: The dark side of fall

“If you like fall,” one of my insect-enthusiast friends recently griped, “you’re basically saying that you like watching insects die slowly.” It’s true. There are...

Wild Side: Fish out of (tropical) waters

On a brilliant, sunny day in early October, my work took me and two Nature Conservancy colleagues out onto the Tisbury Great Pond. Isaiah...

Wild Side: Will the real katydid please stand up?

In much of the eastern United States, the name “katydid” refers most often to the true katydid, Pterophylla camellifolia. A bulky, leaf-like insect, this...

Wild Side: Flies — a flying public relations disaster

Flies — I mean all of them, the whole insect order Diptera — have a public relations problem. A few bad actors taint the...

Wild Side: What do bugs think?

If you were an insect, you wouldn’t think about much at all. But to the extent that you did think, how to avoid being...

Wild Side: The salt marsh project

Naturalists can’t be sissies — even when it involves stinkiness, decay, and greenhead flies. Of all the habitats found on the Vineyard, the one I...