These tiny, ancient organisms are vital cogs in the Island’s ecosystem.

Matt Pelikan


The vibrant green of the vernal season – including new sassafras leaves and unfurling fiddlehead ferns – is a welcome sign of renewed activity in the natural world.

Matt Pelikan


If you are not loyal to your locale, perhaps your vocation or hobby brings you together with like-minded folks.

Suzan Bellincampi


They nourish the land as well as our lives.

One afternoon I walked into my house and there was a chicken in the kitchen. The side door had blown open, and Dark Beak had come inside, presumably to check on the spider population. She has a passion for spiders, and she knows what kind of housecleaners we are – it wasn’t the first time she’d been inside.

Margaret Knight


It is a little disconcerting how much sex ospreys have.

Suzan Bellincampi


From “trash fish” to gourmet meal.

Janet Messineo


The Stanwoods are no strangers to sheep. At one time Eleanor was a professional shearer, and together they have raised sheep on the Vineyard, on and off, for many years.

Geoff Currier


A young gray seal – about three feet long and forty pounds – meandered its way around downtown Edgartown before New England Aquarium volunteers were able to guide it back to the sea.

Tom O'Hanlon