Weekly sessions | April – June 2017
Members: FREE; Nonmembers: $5/session
Learn from on and off-island naturalists and scientists during this 6-week adult natural history series featuring hands-on explorations of local flora and fauna as well as lessons in naturalist skills including tracking, species identification, and field guide usage.
Shellfish Biology and Coastal Ponds | Vineyard Haven Shellfish Hatchery
Thursday, April 20 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Take a tour of the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group's Shellfish Hatchery and learn about shellfish biology and the importance of shellfish to our coastal ponds.
Mammals of MV & Tracking with Biodiversity Works | Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
Thursday, April 27 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Learn about the mammals of Martha's Vineyard and how to track them with wildlife biologists Liz Baldwin and Luanne Johnson of Biodiversity Works.
Birding 101 with Robert Culbert | Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
Saturday, May 6 | 9:00 – 11:00 am
Join expert birder Robert Culbert for a lesson in bird identification, then try out your skills in the field on a guided bird walk.
Whelk & Lobster Biology & Fisheries with Shelley Edmundson | Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
Thursday, May 11 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Join biologist Shelley Edmundson for an exploration of whelk and lobster biology and the management of these important fisheries.
Wild Edibles & Plant Identification with Suzan Bellincampi | Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
Wednesday, May 24 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Sanctuary Director Suzan Bellincampi will lead a lesson in plant identification with a focus on delicious local wild edibles.
Macroinvertebrates and Water Quality with Dick Johnson | Wakeman Center
Saturday, June 3 |1:00 – 5:00 pm
Healthy freshwater streams and ponds are home to a diversity of life. Learn how to identify a dragonfly nymph from a damselfly nymph and discover the beauty and ingenuity of a caddisfly larva. Then we will head out into the field to sample a stream and discuss how identifying and counting macroinvertebrates helps us understand the health of a freshwater stream or pond. *Please wear shoes/clothes you don't mind getting wet*