In the summer, volunteers on the Vineyard visit beaches under the light of the moon to count horseshoe crabs as they come ashore to spawn.

Sara Brown

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

The Island is a welcome outpost for a multitude of migrating shorebirds, including six species that stay awhile to nest during the breeding season.

Lanny McDowell

Central to the Vineyard’s past and present, shellfish may matter even more in our future.

Matt Pelikan

Modern technology is key to understanding the mysteries and science of sharks, says marine biologist Greg Skomal, the Discovery Channel’s “shark guy” and one of the world’s leading shark experts, who talked to us at his office in Oak Bluffs before leaving for Saudi Arabia this spring to tag sharks.

Jim Miller

As a medical herbalist, I teach people about the wild edible and medicinal plants growing near us, and one of the requests I get most is for poison ivy remedies.

Holly Bellebuono

Researcher Luanne Johnson began studying skunks to see if they were a threat to shorebirds, and ended up finding them a fascinating subject in their own right.

Margaret Knight

Have you been laid low – yet – by this bloodsucker the size of a pinhead?

Mike Seccombe

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