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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?
A phrase like "the bird life of Martha's Vineyard" projects a certain grandeur and sense of permanence.
Biologists have a set of terms to describe the various ways different species interact with each other.
With spring migration building up steam, Vineyard birders likewise ramp up their birding.
If you think you're glad winter is over, imagine how insects feel.
Nearly everybody appreciates time spent in nature.
The process of evolution is infinitely creative; the diversity of wildlife, extant and extinct, never ceases to amaze me.
For me, the most enjoyable sign of spring's approach is the gradual resurgence of birdsong on the Vineyard.
Monday, January 24, dawned clear and cold, very cold.
The depth of winter is hardly prime birding season on the Vineyard, but this season is not without its consolations.
The 51st Vineyard Christmas Bird Count (CBC) took place on Sunday, January 2, with about two dozen Islanders and guests participating.
Tuesdays lunar eclipse prefaced the solstice "” two powerful reminders that the earth keeps spinning in wonderful, mysterious ways.
Matt Pelikan encourages Vineyarders to step outside on a still, cold night and listen. Chances are they'll hear a screech owl not too far off.
Shellfish of any species ranks among my favorite foods, and oysters on the half-shell rank among my favorite shellfish.
We're deep into seed season on the Vineyard.
Fall is the prime season for birding on the Vineyard, and while October is generally past the peak of migration, it's our best month for viewing transient hawks.
With surprising regularity, guests at our house in Oak Bluffs walk out onto our deck at night, look up, and exclaim something like, "Wow! I've never seen the Milky Way before!" I don't know which impresses me more: The fact that our humble abode on the fringes of the O.