Keeping Up With Island Moths and Sharing the Journey
Dr. Paul Goldstein is an expert on moths and butterflies. He began his formal study of Vineyard lepidoptera at Felix Neck in 1986.
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Nature’s Champion Gives Island Wildlife a Seat at the Table
Luanne Johnson’s to-do list runs to the wild side: study otter scat, track owls by moonlight. Last week the founder, director and biologist for BiodiversityWorks was in Aquinnah.
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Nature Conservancy Sells Its Building to Biodiversity Works
Noah Asimow
The Nature Conservancy has sold its Lambert’s Cove office to BiodiversityWorks, providing a permanent home for the Vineyard-based wildlife monitoring and research nonprofit.
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Northern Long-Eared Bats Are Confirmed Year-Round Residents
Landry Harlan
BiodiversityWorks long suspected northern long-eared bats were sticking around the Vineyard during the off-season. Now the group has proof.
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Tracking the Elusive Black Racer Snake
Alex Elvin
Black racer snakes (Coluber constrictor) have been documented on the Vineyard as far back as the early 1800s, but little is known about the Island population. That could soon change.
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Tracking Down Elusive Black Racer Snakes
Alex Elvin
As the Island prepared for Tropical Storm Hermine on Sunday, a black racer snake named Miss Audrey was seeking shelter of her own.
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Painted Turtles Get Their Moment in the Spotlight
Louisa McCullough
Oscar Thompson has spent the summer chasing turtles for his senior thesis at college. Not known for their speed, painted turtles can still be elusive in their natural habitat deep within the Vineyard's ponds.
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Volunteers Needed for Vineyard Bat Survey

Northern long-eared bats need help. If you see bats on the Vineyard, you are invited to complete a BiodiversityWorks survey about Island bats.

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In Search of Black Racers, Slithering Along With Island Snakes
Alex Elvin

Carefully lifting up a panel of plywood near Oyster Pond in Edgartown on Monday, Liz Baldwin uncovered a rare sight: a black racer, the Island’s largest and least common snake species. It was her first encounter with the species, which has been in decline here since the 1970s.

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Vineyard Is Safe Haven for Bat Colony
Ivy Ashe
On the mainland, northern long-eared bats are quickly becoming rare sights as they fall victim to a disease called white-nose syndrome. The disease has never been documented on Martha's Vineyard. The bats here are safe, at least for the time being.
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