Baby birds in trouble. Endangered. Who wouldn’t want to save the piping plover at almost any cost? All you fishermen, senior citizens, and second graders who’ve lost the use of your favorite beach, line up here.

Kate Feiffer

From the Atlantic to the Pacific, black-capped chickadees sing the exact same song. From Chappaquiddick to Aquinnah, they sing something completely different.

Christine Schultz

Two Oak Bluffs 
girls, friends since kindergarten, spend months at the crow hollow horse farm getting ready for the agricultural society horse show.

Brooks Robards

If I ever get chickens again, I’ll definitely rent them.

Margaret Knight

No one is certain why northern long-eared bats are surviving on the Vineyard when they are dying everywhere else. But the search is on.

Alex Elvin

The Chesapeake may be crab country, but their same famed blue crabs – the ones New England restaurateur and cookbook author Jasper White has called “the gold standard for crab cocktail” – swim along our shores, too.

Vanessa Czarnecki

An ecological success story has been taking place largely out of sight – underfoot and under the sand on the south shore, where the northeastern beach tiger beetle has been making a comeback.

Sara Brown

(Vaccinium corymbosum,Vaccinium angustifolium)

Blueberries won’t ripen until June (at least), but spring is the perfect time to scout locations. The plants have small white or pink bell-shaped flowers that make them easy to identify. If you find a good stash, take note, and then keep quiet. Wild blueberries are in high demand.

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Wild Thing: Dandelion

Dandelions get no love; even its scientific name seems like a rebuke. And yet the hardy little weed is surprisingly useful: it provides an early food source for bees and nourishment for the soil.

Oceanography: Shark Shakedown

Is our fascination with all things Jaws getting in the way of good science?

Wild Thing: Quahaugs

Money doesn’t grow on trees, but once upon a time it burrowed beneath the surface of brackish ponds.

Oceanography: Sounds Like: Walrus

The hidden world of underwater sound is now available to anyone with an Internet connection, thanks to the Watkins Marine Mammal Sound Database presented by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Wild Thing: Fox Grape

No, there aren’t any vineyards on Martha’s Vineyard. Nor are there any wineries. Many a tourist’s hopes have been dashed upon discovering this is not the Napa of the East. Still, there are plenty of wild grapes.

Wild Thing: Blue Crab

The Chesapeake may be crab country, but their same famed blue crabs – the ones New England restaurateur and cookbook author Jasper White has called “the gold standard for crab cocktail” – swim along our shores, too.

Things That Go Blink in the Night

The things that only night swimmers and fisherfolk have seen.

Holy Hibernaculum!

No one is certain why northern long-eared bats are surviving on the Vineyard when they are dying everywhere else. But the search is on.

Oceanography: The Beetles are Getting Back Together!

An ecological success story has been taking place largely out of sight – underfoot and under the sand on the south shore, where the northeastern beach tiger beetle has been making a comeback.

Oceanography: The Secret Life of Seals

The off-season may be quiet on the Cape and Islands, but it is a busy time for the area’s gray seals.

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