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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.
If they run out of food farther north, snowy owls may be forced to spend the winter here.
It's not too much of a stretch to say that an ecological system is nothing more than the sum of the eating that goes on within it.
Their provenance is murky, their lineage jerky, but on Thanksgiving who cares? We love our turkey.
Story of how tufted titmice ended up on Martha's Vineyard.
Once a century or so, a representative of this very southern species appears on the Island.
Lawns are hard to create on the Island. Interesting things happen when you let nature take its course.
The behavior of predators is varied, clever, and fascinating, and the acts of killing and consuming are dramatic.