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The complexity of nature is virtually infinite, and in a half-century of study, I've barely scratched the surface.
With sufficient stealth, patience, and a flashlight if it's night, you may be able to zero in on the sound of a calling Orthopteran in order to watch it sing.
Domestic cats can live and hunt at densities many times higher than any natural predator would ever reach.
The aptly named giant swallowtail, one of the largest and most strikingly marked butterflies occurring in North America, has paid us a visit.
These predatory insects have never been systematically studied on the Vineyard, so hard information about their diversity here is lacking.
In a few decades, this elegant orange butterfly, once a rarity, will almost certainly be a boring butterfly in Vineyard yards and gardens.
Many kinds of plants, including most grasses and many trees, opt for the shotgun approach, releasing huge quantities of pollen onto the breeze.
Our dragonflies are diverse, abundant insects, and major players in our ecology: they eat everything from gnats up to other dragonflies.
For the last 12 years or so, a high point of my birding year has been covering a Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) route for the for the U.
Changing habitat and restrictions on pesticides have helped the population of house wrens rebound on the Island.
Unchecked, garlic mustard can shove aside all kinds of native plants, including trees.
Chipping sparrows are all around us, but you're more apt to hear them than see them.
Along with most other migrating birds and animals, butterflies have appeared on the Island much earlier than usual.
Native plants do best here, according to some horticulturalists, but what exactly constitutes a native?
Whether it's a hawk killing a chicken or a tick infecting a human, there's a price to be paid for living so close to nature.
Some two dozen families have stopped migrating, content to he here all the time.
A couple of gulls from the far north, the Iceland and glaucous, can give birders fits when they try to identify them.
It's nothing fancy – a clump of long feathers controlled by muscles at their base.
At the most obvious level, the mild conditions are working out well for many species that remain active through the winter.
Far more wild than the Canada Geese that have become year-round residents, brant are only here for a few months.