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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.
As the Vineyard climate warms, southern species start to appear here more frequently.
There can be great pleasure in getting to know a whole new universe of critters who share theI Island with us.
Plants from away keep trying to get a foothold on the Island, and they're not always welcome.
A novel approach to mooring tackle reduces the impact on eelgrass and critters that like to live in it.
Exploring outdoors on the Island often means contact with poison ivy. Respect the vine and the misery it can impart.
Last Sunday, July 17, five liberally sunscreened butterfly enthusiasts took to the field for the 12th annual Vineyard Butterfly Count.
The Edwards' hairstreak thrives in the inhospitable environment of the sterile, salty sandplains along the south side of the Island.
Vineyard birders are enjoying a bonanza of hummingbirds this year, but there's no way to know why.
With the beginning of June and the end (one hopes) of this year's dismal spring weather, the butterfly season is in full swing on the Vineyard.
You'd probably welcome a thousand-acre conservation project on Martha's Vineyard that didn't cost anything. Impossible, right?