Wild Side: Mourning cloaks

The Bay State’s 2016 butterfly season got off pretty much on schedule this past weekend with a report of a mourning cloak from the...

Wild Side: Gull watching

In general, February is the nadir of the year for a Vineyard birder, with numbers and diversity at their lowest. Mortality and migration have...

Wild Side: Fish bodies on the Lagoon, as far as the...

“Fish bodies on the Lagoon” is the sort of email subject line that gets my attention. This particular email, sent on the evening of...

Wild Side: Reflections from a naturalist

I’ve written about natural history for the MVTimes for about 15 years now: from 1999 through 2004 in a column called “Field Notes,” and...

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...