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

When a skunk comes a-knocking . . .

Shirley W. Mahew, Sally Bennett, and Jib Ellis


How to Cure Those Island Winter Blues

These are trying months for those who suffer from fishing-hunting seasonal affective disorder.

Oceanography: The Bite is On

Sharks are generally the talk of the town during New England summers, sources of fear and fascination.

The Answer to Your Deer Problem

There is a less expensive, more fruitful option to getting rid of those pesky deer on your property.

Sorry, We Gotta Go

Birds, fish, bats, even dragonflies are migrating, but where is everybody going?

They’re Back!

It used to be big news to see even a single seal in local waters. Not anymore.

Oceanography: The Wind and the Whales

Big wind is coming to a 300-square-mile area south of Martha’s Vineyard, but it’s unclear how it will affect a previously unknown feeding area for critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.

Oceanography: Shark Oil, Anyone?

As scientists track sharks and learn more about the ocean’s apex predators, a growing industry is selling shark-deterrent devices.

Taking the Long View

David R. Foster spent fifteen years writing his new book. But it was worth the wait.

Wild Thing: Fiddleheads

A fern is a fern is a fern is a fern, except for a brief time when it’s a fiddlehead.

A Time to Cull? A Time to Splice?

Is it time to take drastic action to fight tick-borne diseases?