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Wild Side: Andrena nubecula

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Yellow is the signature color of Martha’s Vineyard in late September: goldenrod is blooming everywhere! These members of the aster family — somewhere around...

Wild Side: The cicada that sang in the morning

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On Thursday, August 25, I met with high school science teacher Anna Cotton to discuss a natural history classroom project she’s developing. We briefly...

Wild Side: Eastern tiger swallowtail

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This has, by and large, been a pitiful season for butterflies. As I wrote in my July 12 column, I believe butterfly numbers in...

Wild Side: Leafcutter bees

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With more than 180 species in nearly 30 genera, the bee fauna of Martha’s Vineyard presents an amazing diversity of appearance, life history, and...

Wild Side: The Carolina grasshopper

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The Carolina grasshopper, Dissosteira carolina, ranks among the most common species of Orthoptera on Martha’s Vineyard, and also among the most easily found and...

Wild Side: Where are the butterflies?

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Among the most common wildlife questions that I get these days runs about like this: “I’m hardly seeing any butterflies. Are their numbers down?” It’s...

Wild Side: Our Vineyard bioblitz

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For centuries at least, there has existed a tradition of amateur study of nature. During the 20th century, observing nature achieved real popularity as...

Wild Side: The Breeding Bird Survey

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For about 20 years now, I’ve spent one morning every June running the Vineyard’s Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) route. Coordinated by the U.S. Geological...

Wild Side: Hitchhiking grasshoppers

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My friend Margaret Curtin is a top-shelf naturalist. I closely follow her posts to the “citizen science” platform iNaturalist.org, where she helps me and...

Wild Side: Face to face with bees

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You probably think about bees from time to time. Their role as pollinators has come increasingly into the public eye in recent years, while...

Wild Side: One for the books

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There is some really weird stuff out there. Take the insect order Strepsiptera, commonly known as “twisted-wing insects” because of the bizarre wing form shown...

Wild Side: Eastern carpenter bees

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Pretty much everyone, I expect, has at least a nodding acquaintance with our large carpenter bees. Our sole species, Xylocopa virginica, the eastern carpenter...

Wild Side: The willow

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Saturday, April 2, could have been disappointing for an insect photographer. True, an early overcast gave way to a strong, early spring sun, and...

Wild Side: It’s here!

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The ebb and flow of the seasons ranks among the most predictable aspects of the natural world. Astronomers can pin, to the second, each...

Wild Side: The blue jay

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For various reasons, I’ve stuck pretty close to home this winter, doing most of my naturalizing in or near our tiny yard in Oak...

Wild Side: Ode to wasps

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Amid all the gloom that currently dominates the national media, the New York Times ran a real day-brightener (for me, at least) on Feb....

Wild Side: Tracking the elusive fox sparrow

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I wouldn’t call the fox sparrow a rare bird on Martha’s Vineyard. I can’t think of a winter that yielded no records at all...

Wild Side: To feed or not to feed

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Longtime readers know my ambivalence about the practice of feeding wild birds. By concentrating birds around an unnaturally rich food supply in a human-modified...

Wild Side: Making a strong showing

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The 62nd annual Martha’s Vineyard Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held amid drizzle, fog, and an incredibly high tide on Sunday, Jan. 2. My...

Wild Side: House finches

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Perhaps the strongest trend evident this fall among the birds frequenting my yard in Oak Bluffs has been a resurgence in the number of...